I don't mean a variety in a certain field or area like food, but in general. I'm developing an iOS quiz app with different sections to be quizzed on. For example, there is a math quiz, a history quiz, a grammar quiz, a literature quiz, a history quiz, etc. One game center achievement is to have tried every quiz. I want the game center achievement title to be something like "diverse interests" except as a single word.

  • @JasperLoy see my edit. – pasawaya Jun 27 '12 at 0:46

We don't really have enough context, but an adventurous [personality type] is one who displays curiosity, interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience.

There's also neophile (a personality type characterized by a strong affinity for novelty), but that's something of a "cult/jargon" neologism with rather more limited currency.

EDIT: Now the question has been edited to give more context, I suggest...

intrepid (characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance)

...which seems to me a far more appropriate "honorific" for OP's category of game players.

EDIT2: polymath (a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas)

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  • For my purposes, "adventurous" is perfect. Thanks! – pasawaya Jun 27 '12 at 0:52

Consider venturesome ("Bold; willing to take risks; adventurous"), mercurial ("Volatile; erratic; unstable; flighty; fickle or changeable in temperament" or "Lively; clever; sprightly; animated; quick-witted"), impetuous ("Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner") and some of their synonyms.

Note, with question as modified, perhaps only venturesome is relevant. For titles of an achievement, consider enthusiast, fanatic, experienced, well-rounded.

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  • Thanks for your suggestions. I almost picked "venturesome" but for some reason "adventurous" sounded more appropriate. – pasawaya Jun 27 '12 at 0:52

As long as you don't mind it being a word that's probably not immediately recognizable, you might consider philomath. It means lover of learning, particularly in multiple disciplines. Though rare, it seems apt for your purposes.

Vocabulary.com describes it like this:

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The award title might make people curious, and learn one more thing after they've won their award.

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  • I dispute your "particularly in multiple disciplines". You're conflating philomath with polymath. – FumbleFingers Jun 27 '12 at 2:32
  • @FumbleFingers: Actually, I considered both terms. (Maybe I should have mentioned them both for consideration.) Ultimately, I decided on philomath, based on the O.P.'s title of this question. The question asked, "What do you call someone who loves variety?", put in the context of learning. A polymath has mastered many disciplines; a philomath loves to learn. Polymath seemed too pretentious for my tastes; no one becomes a da Vinci, Kepler, or Pascal by working thru a video game. I suppose I may have taken some artistic licence by adding a multidisciplinary aspect, but… -1? Ouch! – J.R. Jun 27 '12 at 9:01
  • I don't dispute philomath as a credible answer (though I'd say if anything it's more "pretentious" than polymath, having all but vanished over the past century. If the -1 hurts, and you've reconsidered, you can always edit out the phrase I dispute and I'll reverse my vote. The thing is, even though for others philomath probably implies nothing at all about number of disciplines, I associate it with one discipline, pursued fanatically. – FumbleFingers Jun 27 '12 at 17:01
  • @FumbleFingers: I'll leave my answer as-is, and you can leave your downvote. It doesn't really sting that much; as for "Ouch!" – I only had five characters left, so that's how I worded it. :^) Thanks for your comment; it prompted me to research more and think harder, which is the best part of frequenting EL&U. Who knows? Maybe this dialog down here might cause others to do the same. – J.R. Jun 27 '12 at 17:22
  • haha - I'll probably end up doing my own research on this one, since I've admitted that quite possibly my own understanding of philomath is idiosyncratic (it's a word I'm barely familiar with anyway). But I absolutely agree that's one of the best things about ELU - you're often forced to re-evaluate something and accept that your own position isn't necessarily shared by everyone else. It's all grist to the mill though - what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and language is a worthy discipline for the layman to dip into. – FumbleFingers Jun 27 '12 at 17:52

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