One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an absent-minded boffin’
forgetful, distracted, preoccupied, inattentive, vague, absorbed, abstracted, unheeding, oblivious, distrait, in a brown study, wool-gathering
lost in thought, pensive, thoughtful, brooding
informal scatterbrained, miles away, with a memory like a sieve, with a mind like a sieve
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