On his Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Facebook page, John comments on the roots of his words. This one, for example, he explains thus:
ETYMOLOGY: From Greek anemos, "wind" + noos "mind." It's a psychological corollary to anemosis, which is a condition in the wood of some trees in which the wood is warped and the rings are separated by the action of high winds upon the trunk. In anemoia, the sheer force of time warps something in your mind, until you find yourself beginning to bend backward, leaning into the wind.His readers often leave interesting comments as well.