a rich assortment of friends

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Is the use of "assortment" here proper? The word assortment is, according to dictionaries, related to things, not people.


Grandpa and grandma were the happiest people I've ever known. They were not complainers.

Nor am I. I am immensely grateful to be able to use my mind and body to explore life's mysteries among such a rich assortment of friends.

-Scientific American

  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    You could also say "a wide variety of friends".

    I don't think anybody would feel slighted by his wording. It's not a mistake or offensive in that sense. It's just (perhaps) slightly unusual.


    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I think I've heard "A rich assortment of colorful friends". The addition of the adjective makes this a more acceptable phrase for me.
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