I am the author of the Phrasefinder website, which was founded in 1995.
The site grew out of a lifelong interests in both puns and wordplay and in computer programming, which were brought together in my M.Sc studies in 1985 and later on the Writer's Workbench computational linguistics' research project at Sheffield Hallam University.
The website includes:
- A large list of phrases with their origins explained.
- A large list of colloquial idioms, with their meaning and example usage.
- The Phrase Thesaurus, which is a writer's utility providing lists of phrases related to any input search word.
I also administer a Facebook group about phrases, sayings and proverbs.