is the author of the Meanings and Origins section of the Phrasefinder website and of the Phrase A Week posts. The site, which he founded in 1995, grew out of an interest in language that was developed during post-graduate research in 1985 and later while working in a computational linguistics' research project.
The site initially hosted a searchable database of phrases and idioms (now provided independently as the Phrase Thesaurus).
Before turning to writing for a living during the 1970s, Gary Martin was a recording engineer working with many British musicians of the day. From the 1980s to 2006 he worked in the IT department at a UK university.