How can I express myself about a question that I think over and that makes me wonder but the question is not serious and I want to imply I dont think about it all day or it is not big deal but the question is still in the back of my head.

Especially is there a phrasal verb which contains the word head.

For example :

The question that professor asked in the class still ........ (my head).

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    The question can still be rattling around in your head (something you've been thinking about, off and on). The question can be weighing on you (more serious, vexing, troubling). Dec 13 '16 at 12:18
  • @TRomano how about "the question has been bugging me for the last few days"
    – Mrt
    Dec 14 '16 at 19:26
  • "rattling around in my head" refers to something you've been thinking about, intermittently, such as an idea, and "bugging me" refers to something which has been troubling or vexing you a little. Dec 15 '16 at 13:08

One The only word I can think of is "haunts" and that would normally relate to negative or undesirable occurrences. Used in the style "The {{some occurrence}} still haunts me." So, for your example, "The question that [the] professor asked in the class still haunts me."

Another word is "reminisce" which has the meaning "to talk or write about past experiences that you remember with pleasure", see the Cambridge dictionary. However, "reminisce" cannot be used in the position (i.e. final word of the sentence) desired in the question. It can be used in the style "I [or we] often reminisce about {{some happy event}}". E.g. "My wife and I enjoy reminiscing about our first holiday together".

Other forms of the sentence may be better. You could say "My thoughts often return to {{some occurrence}}". E.g. "My thoughts often return to the good old days when petrol (gas) was cheap". Or "I often think about {{some occurrence}}". For a positive example "I often think about my good fortune where answering the question that the professor asked in the class led to a wonderful career."

  • Thank you. How about " to scatch my head" ? I heard " to haunt" but as you said it has a connotation of something burdensome or negative.
    – Mrt
    Dec 14 '16 at 7:39
  • "Scratch my head" relates to trying to solve a puzzle or a problem (in addition to the obvious meaning of dealing with a itch).
    – AdrianHHH
    Dec 14 '16 at 9:09
  • It sounds like it is close to what I mean actually. How about " to pore over" ? Would I be too stretching if I said " I have been poring over how to pay the bills becuase I am out of work now" or about a puzzle or problem , or "poring over" needs to involve something that should be read.
    – Mrt
    Dec 14 '16 at 10:47
  • Perhaps you want "My thoughts often return to the question that the professor asked in class". To "pore over" means to study carefully. For the "bill" sentence, you cannot pore over a "how", you can pore over books or papers. You might "... pore over ideas on how to pay bills ..."
    – AdrianHHH
    Dec 14 '16 at 11:16
  • Yes, Thank you again ..my thoughts often return to question that what the alternative verb for to preoccupy is.
    – Mrt
    Dec 14 '16 at 11:31

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