I am writing an essay and I want a more polite way of saying "the world is going to shit".
I don't want to swear and can't think of what else to say. Can anyone help me?
Oh so many, many ways. I'm sure you will get many suggestions.
- The world is going to the dogs.
- The world is going to hell in a handcart.
- The world is going downhill.
- The world is going to pieces.
- The world is going to pot.
Just a few to get you started...
I like The world is going downhill in another answer. It sounds neutral (register-wise) and idiomatic. But because you mentioned "essay", you may want to consider these alternatives:
The world is plunging/sinking/spinning into turmoil/chaos/disarray/oblivion.
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
It is a belief not a fact (depending on your perspective), you may want to simply express doubt. You can say things like:
If you want to make that strong statement, maybe something like:
These days ain't nobody can blame a man for takin' to drink.