Thoughts from my travels from NC to Upstate NY and back.
Technically, one hoards to accummulate rations for future need. However, hoarding has become synonymous of recent with excessive gathering of items or animals. See reality shows on animal hoarding for an example.
So as my family drove up rural country roads, especially in a particularly impoverished part of Pennsylvania, it was amazing to see hovels with vast quantities of items like riding lawnmowers surrounding the house. It made me wonder this: do the poor folks gather junk in an effort to compensate for not having monetary wealth?