Magic Spell Jar Post Three (11-15)

Look for the Spell jar instructions under Craft

11. Horde, Hoard

Horde is a BIG group of people.  Just before the big sales event, a horde of people gathered at the front door.

Hoard is to gather and keep a collection of something.  It doesn’t have to be valuable.  People have been known to hoard toilet paper when they have perceived a threat of invasion or a shortage .

You don’t think of the importance of toilet paper until you fear you may not have any.

12.Hark, Hearken

Basically both these words mean Listen!  Or Listen up!  In other words Attention!  Both reflect back to hear, but hearken has an ear in it while hark does not.

Hark – You’ve likely heard “Hark! The herald angels sing.”  In historical novels, you may find “Hark.  The king cometh.” Or some such.  Otherwise hark is not a word in common usage.

Hearken – This is another word seldom seen in modern communication.  You could find it in a historical novel: “Take heed!  Hearken to the warning.”

These are words good to know but I doubt you’ll find much use for them in your everyday life. You’ll probably only find them in your books.

13. Hare and hair

Hare is a rabbit. R is for rabbit and hare has are spelled out in it.

Hair is the bristle on top of your head.  And if you have none like Grandpa, your scalp can feel the air.

14. Here and hear.

I’ve seen these used interchangeably in books but the words have completely different meanings.  Perhaps the mistakes were typos.

Hear means to notice a noise.  Easy to remember because hear has an ear.

Here refers to a place.

Recently I saw this in a book.  The king made a proclamation and the crowd chanted, “Here, here.”  That’s an old chant and perhaps the writer had never see it written.  It should be, “Hear, hear,” as they are saying, “listen, listen.”

15. Idle, Idol

The pronunciation difference is barely discernible, but the meanings are entirely different.

Idle is doing nothing productive. When you idle your car, it means the motor is running, but the car isn’t moving. It is idling.  When it is not running at all, it is NOT idling, but when you are doing nothing at all, you are idle.  Weird, isn’t it?

Idol is an artificial item that people worship.  In church they call it a graven image. Graven probably comes from the word engrave which is a type of carving or impressing an image into a substance.   However, an idol can also mean a living person, such as a celebrity – a rock and roll idol, a TV series idol – someone people sort of worship but not as a God (usually).

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