Hoardering: acting like an extreme hoarder, e.g. exhibiting reluctance to relinquish worthless possessions, lashing out at those who try to help you do so, living in denial about how much junk you actually have.
Example: Chelsea’s hoardering frustrated her family when they tried to convince her to downsize her book collection.
Related nonwords: clutterish, dehoard, argumentativity
This week’s nonword comes courtesy of the TV show Hoarders (the one that’s on A&E), which I was watching with my mother a couple of weeks ago. Hoardering is not to be confused with “hoarding,” the act of collecting things; instead, it’s associated with related behaviors extreme hoarders can display (especially under pressure). Watch a few of those TV shows and you’ll see some good examples of people hoardering. They’re not pretty. Usually those behaviors have to be dealt with before the actual hoard is addressed.
Hopefully I will never act that way, but my parents are already eyeing my book collection…
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