“What's this world coming to?”
You see a commercial for a TV show that looks really dumb. You're disgusted that the network would allow such a dumb show and that people would watch it. You say this to yourself.
What's this world coming to?
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This expression means "What is going to happen to the world?" It expresses your disapproval of something. Use it when you notice a negative trend in society.
For example, you can ask "What's this world coming to?" if you hear about:
- horrible news stories
- children behaving much worse than they did when you were younger
- rising prices
- movies that are very sexual, violent, or dumb
"What's this world coming to?" is a rhetorical question, which means that you don't expect anyone to answer it.