Amis once wrote of his first encounter with Saul Bellow on an assignment as a journalist.
I felt bad about taking the assignment; ranking women on the Internet is an inherently evil thing to do.
For one, the assignment of specialties in the military is fairly arbitrary.
late 14c., "order, request, directive," from Old French assignement "(legal) assignment (of dower, etc.)," from Late Latin assignamentum, noun of action from Latin assignare (see assign). Meaning "appointment to office" is mid-15c.; that of "a task assigned" (to someone) is from c.1848.