First we laugh, then we begin to wonder why the man was so distracted that he didn't notice he'd taken the doorknob with him.
Sometimes, even though Hannah is, ironically, a writer, she says things that seem non-committal, distracted, or not present.
And just because I wrote about the Condi business doesn't mean the Romney camp successfully "distracted" me.
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.