ITALY: Your Excellency!

On his first day in office, Italy's new Premier, Ferruccio (Common Man) Parri (TIME, July 2) was bothered by a clerk who kept .addressing him with the customary title of Eccellenza—Your Excellency. When asked how he should be addressed, the Premier answered: "As I happen to be a professor, why not just address me as Professor Parri?" Two days later the Council of Ministers, led by Socialist Vice Premier Pietro Nenni, voted unanimously to abolish the title of Eccellenza.

Said the Socialist Avanti: "Thus disappears from our customs an archaic hangover from...

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