Laura Moyer is a compulsive copy editor who reads the AP Stylebook for fun.
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From Time …

To get a break from sad Sandy coverage, I clicked on a story from

Got to this paragraph and stopped to blog it.

What’s wrong here? (I’ll update with the answer later this morning.) UPDATE: OK, I’ll update now, at 2:30 p.m. The problem is a homonym, hoard vs. horde. A hoard is a collection or stash: The squirrel has a hoard of acorns. A horde is a large group of people. The writer wrote of “the hoards of shoppers” but should have written “the horde of shoppers.”

The best day of the year to buy clothing

Dec. 26. The day after Christmas is the first day of the best sales week of the year for clothes. If you’re willing to fight through the hoards of shoppers who are returning unwanted gifts, you can find the best deals and the best selection. Wait until Dec. 27 or Dec. 28, and the clothes will have been picked through.

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