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Spears, Richard A.

Overview
Works: 127 works in 861 publications in 7 languages and 25,141 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Reference works  Conversation and phrase books  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Terminology  Phrase books  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Other, Author of introduction, ed
Classifications: PE2839, 423.1
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Most widely held works by Richard A Spears
NTC's dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions by Richard A Spears( Book )

93 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 2,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide definitions of thousands of contemporary American slang and informal expressions, including fad words, idioms, metaphors, and figures of speech; and includes a "phrase-finder" index
NTC's American idioms dictionary : the most practical reference for the everyday expressions of contemporary American English by Richard A Spears( Book )

73 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 2,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains definitions, explanations, cross-references, and examples for 14,000 formal and informal American expressions
Common American phrases in everyday contexts : a detailed guide to real-life conversation and small talk by Richard A Spears( Book )

39 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this new edition of Common American Phrases in Everyday Contexts, noted lexicographer Richard A. Spears shares with you 1,900 of the most common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. Here you will discover the greetings, good-byes, and everyday small talk that Americans use daily. All entries have been selected with the special needs of you, the nonnative speaker of English, in mind!"--Publisher description
Slang and euphemism : a dictionary of oaths, curses, insults, sexual slang and metaphor, racial slurs, drug talk, homosexual lingo, and related matters by Richard A Spears( Book )

32 editions published between 1981 and 2001 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lexicon of ldquo;improperrdquo; English From slang terminology describing various bodily functions and sexual acts, to the centuries-old cant of thieves and prostitutes, to the language of the modern drug culture, here are 14, 500 entries and 32, 000 definitions of all the words and expressions so carefully omitted from standard dictionaries and polite conversation. Extensively cross-referenced for easy access, this third abridged edition contains almost 300 new entries and definitions. So whether yoursquo;re a writer seeking to create a more authentic dialogue, a crossword-puzzle addict in search of an obscure eighteenth-century expression, or a reader interested in the more colorful aspects of the English language, yoursquo;ll find that a wealth of words awaits you inhellip; Slang and Euphemism Annotation. The most up-to-date collection of curses, insults, ethnic slurs, sexual slang, metaphors, drug talk, street slang, college lingo, and other outlandish words are presented in this comprehensive, unabashed reference book that includes word origins, locales, and time periods
Everyday American English dictionary : a basic dictionary for English language learning by Richard A Spears( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Limited to 5,500 basic words that are essential to everyday life. Includes additional features: a table of irregular verbs, pronunciations according to the International Phonetic Alphabet; important facts about the United States--states and abbreviations; presidents; national holidays
NTC's American English learner's dictionary : the essential vocabulary of American language and culture by Richard A Spears( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This up-to-date reference for American English is an indispensable learning tool that will build and strengthen the developing vocabularies - and vocabulary-building skills - of learners at all levels. It is presented in a clear, uncomplicated format with a minimum of codes, abbreviations, and special symbols. Using this dictionary will improve your speaking, writing, and understanding of English: at least two example sentences are given with each definition, so you can see words used properly and effectively in real-life situations; to ensure comprehension, virtually every word used in the definitions is defined within the dictionary; common American idioms are defined and given sample sentences, so you will learn these important English expressions; the Idioms and Phrases Index makes these expressions easy to find in the body of the dictionary."--BOOK JACKET
Essential American idioms by Richard A Spears( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains more than 1,500 idiomatic expressions of contemporary American English. The entries have been specially selected with the needs of nonnative speakers of English in mind and represent the most frequently used phrases of everyday spoken and written American English. Among the many features of Essential American Idioms are the following: clichés, proverbs, and informal expressions are included and identified accordingly; each entry has at least two example sentences illustrating how expressions are used in context in natural American English; cross-referencing system makes entries easy to locate; shortened or abbreviated idioms are identified and defined alongside the full forms.--From publisher description
West African folktales( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of West African folktales drawn from prose narratives, proverbs, riddles, and songs
McGraw-Hill's dictionary of American idioms and phrasal verbs by Richard A Spears( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the full breadth and scope of idiomatic American English. A valuable resource for ESL students, as well as writers, scholars, and public speakers, this reference combines in one volume the two most perplexing aspects of American English phraseology, idioms and phrasal verbs, providing access to the complete meanings and varying usages of thousands of common terms and verb constructs. Features: More than 24,000 entries; concise definitions of each entry and sense, followed by one or two example sentences; Idiomatic phrases, proverbial expressions, and cliches; guidance on the tone appropriate for a select phrase as well as its origin; treatment of variation, of particular help to ESL learners; a comprehensive phrase-finder Index
Contemporary American slang by Richard A Spears( Book )

39 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dictionary of frequently used slang expressions in the U.S. Catalogs the meaning and usage of slang expressions from movies, novels, newspaper stories, and everyday conversation
McGraw-Hill's dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions by Richard A Spears( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a comprehensive dictionary of American slang and colloquialisms, and contains over twelve thousand terms, the origins of slang, and much more
NTC's dictionary of proverbs and clichés by Anne Bertram( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains approximately 950 old and new proverbs and clichés in use in English, each clearly defined and illustrated by two or more realistic examples. Allusions to American, British or European cultural elements are explained, and idioms derived from proverbs are defined as well. Includes a Phrase-Finder Index that allows the user to find an expression by looking up any major word in it.--From publisher description
NTC's dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations by Steven Racek Kleinedler( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most useful and up-to-date guide to American English acronyms and abbreviations
NTC's dictionary of everyday American English expressions : presented according to topic and situation by Richard A Spears( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The slang and jargon of drugs and drink by Richard A Spears( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

McGraw-Hill's American idioms dictionary by Richard A Spears( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains definitions, explanations, cross-references, and examples for 14,000 formal and informal American expressions
McGraw-Hill's essential American idioms dictionary by Richard A Spears( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NTC's thematic dictionary of American slang by Richard A Spears( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents more than nine thousand slang expressions arranged alphabetically by the words they represent, providing definitions and at least two example sentences for each; also includes an alphabetical index of all expressions included
NTC's pocket dictionary of words and phrases ; 12,000 words, idioms, and phrasal verbs for travelers and learners by Richard A Spears( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

McGraw-Hill's essential American slang by Richard A Spears( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering American English, this reference defines and explains hundreds of contemporary American slang expressions and illustrates their use in real-life situations. It helps you learn to understand this integral part of living English as used by Americans in all walks of life
 
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NTC's dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
Alternative Names
Spiers, Ričard A. 1939-

Spiers, Richard A.

Spiers, Richard A. 1939-

Спиерс, Ричард А 1939-

اسپیرز, ریچارد

스피어스, 리처드 A

スピアーズ, リチャード

スピアーズ, リチャード・A

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NTC's American idioms dictionary : the most practical reference for the everyday expressions of contemporary American EnglishCommon American phrases in everyday contexts : a detailed guide to real-life conversation and small talkSlang and euphemism : a dictionary of oaths, curses, insults, sexual slang and metaphor, racial slurs, drug talk, homosexual lingo, and related mattersEveryday American English dictionary : a basic dictionary for English language learningNTC's American English learner's dictionary : the essential vocabulary of American language and cultureEssential American idiomsWest African folktalesMcGraw-Hill's dictionary of American idioms and phrasal verbs