Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.
Listen Here: To lose the plot
Transcript: To lose the plot
This week’s English for football is ‘to lose the plot‘. A plot is the main events of a story, it explains what will happen. It can also refer to a secret plan. To lose the plot means to do something unexpected, unplanned, and a little bit crazy. The actions are strange and indicate that the person is not rational, not thinking clearly. Joey Barton, an English footballer playing for Newcastle is an example of someone who lost the plot. Over the past few years, he has been in trouble with the police for a violent attack, and in trouble on the field several times for dangerous tackles and violent conduct. Recently, however, he has been playing well and sensibly – until early this month in a game against Blackburn he punched an opposing player in the stomach off the ball. He has been banned for three games and he definitely lost the plot in that match.