Is there a non-vulgar word for 'clusterfuck'? I searched here, but there are no related questions (that I could find). There are suggestions like 'mess' or 'disaster', but that is not the original meaning of 'clusterfuck' as far as I am concerned. I think it means more like a collection of many, multiple very different things but the word 'collection' also seems not to cover the meaning of 'clusterfuck'. Any suggestions?

Edit from comments:

What I mean is something like a mix of various things. Like e.g. my head is full of stuff --> my head is a clusterfuck of thoughts. Meaning there is a lot going on and it is also topicless or it has many topics. Neither mess nor disaster nor mix are in my opinion strong enough words to cover it. I am not searching for a negative word, but a neutral one (maybe even positive, if I don't find anything else).

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the questioner's use of the term 'clusterfuck' is at odds with its definition of 'disastrously mishandled situation or undertaking', limiting the future usefulness of answers. – Spagirl Mar 21 '17 at 21:00
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Consider Omnishambles

NOUN British informal
A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.
‘anyone with five minutes to spare, a Maths GCSE, and a calculator could have averted the entire omnishambles by checking the civil servants' sums’

Early 21st century: from omni- + shambles, first used in the British satirical television series The Thick of It.

In further support of this; I just asked a friend what 'omnishambles' meant, he said, 'clusterf*ck' (though his pronunciation of '*' is questionable)


A train wreck is an utter disaster or mess; a disastrous calamity or source of trouble. (Merriam-Webster)

It is a catastrophe, typically so unmanageable that it can't be hidden and it attracts outsiders to observe and comment.

It happens, like a perfect storm, where everything collapses all at once into one huge mess.

A person can be described as a train wreck, which, in the right context, can mean that they are seriously messed up in some respect, not normal, out of control.

His thoughts were so convoluted and confused that his mind had become a train wreck.


M-W defines it as a muddled mess. If you need a single word, a muddle should work.




vulgar slang

:  a complex and utterly disordered and mismanaged situation :  a muddled mess



2:  a confused mess

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