Posted by ESC on April 25, 2000
In Reply to: Grace of the state???/ posted by Kymberly on April 23, 2000
: Can you tell me the meaning of the phrase "the grace of the state"? I believe it is a relatively old phrase with regards to the level of respect one has for his or her job.....I heard it the other day, regarding a policeman and his failure to do his job with integrity. I THINK that is the exact phrase, if this is not it and you know the correct phrase, I would appreciate it.
: Thank you
Since I am a public servant, I would be very interested in learning more about that phrase. I couldn't find it in any of my references. I am wondering if it is related to the British phrase "grave and favour -- describing a residence occupied rent-free by permission of the royal family..." (British English A to Zed by Norman W. Schur).