a rich assortment of friends

NewAmerica

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

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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

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  • 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.
     

    Packard

    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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