Hello Alan, Mister Micawber, Beeesneees, Mordant and other native English speakers,
oxfordadvancedlearnersdictio … smattering
[singular] smattering (of something)
a small amount of something, especially knowledge of a language
- He only has a smattering of French.
Do you say “a smattering of people” to mean “a small number of people”?