Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
A line from the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. An officer of the palace guard says this after the ghost of the dead king appears, walking over the palace walls.
What Is In The Oath Of Office?We hear the presidential oath of office every four years. Thirty-five words that basically give the incoming Chief Executive the keys to the proverbial car.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” is used to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong.
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