One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘in spite of my preoccupation I enjoyed the journey’
pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, self-absorption, musing, thinking, thinking of other things, deep thought, brown study, brooding
abstraction, absent-mindedness, absence of mind, distraction, forgetfulness, inattentiveness, wool-gathering, inadvertence, heedlessness, dream, reverie, daydreaming, oblivion, obliviousness
2‘their main preoccupation is providing winter feed for their cattle’
obsession, concern, fixation
fascination, passion, enthusiasm, hobby horse, pet subject, compulsion, fetish, complex, neurosis, mania
informal bee in one's bonnet, hang-up, thing, bug
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