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Spears, Richard A.

Overview
Works: 126 works in 834 publications in 7 languages and 25,193 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Conversation and phrase books  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Reference works  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 2,487 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 2,393 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 )

37 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This updated edition covers almost 2000 common phrases and colloquial expressions used in contemporary American English. From greeting and good-byes to everyday small talk, each entry is presented in a realistic context. Usage restrictions and cautions are also included
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 805 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 )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 763 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 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essential American idioms by Richard A Spears( Book )

30 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 657 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 646 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 )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 600 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 599 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 537 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 )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 417 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 397 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 )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 390 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 381 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 330 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 236 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 225 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 190 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