Monday, December 5, 2011

To lose the plot

The plot is the story line or sequence of events in a book, film or play. If you lose the plot, you lose track of it and you can’t follow it.

As an idiom it is a metaphor, usually for someone who has lost touch with reality.

Here’s a sixties icon who lost the plot big time, Syd Barrett, founder member of Pink Floyd, in a rare interview.

After a summer of continuous LSD use, he’d shattered his fragile mind until only an empty shell remained. Sadly, he lost the plot, never to regain it.