This morning, sources tell LL, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray told his legislative colleagues to lay off the cursing in the presence of reporters.

The admonition, which came in an administrative meeting this morning, was clearly in response to Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans‘ comments last week to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry at the pre-legislative session breakfast meeting: “Stop fucking with my shit,” Evans told Barry, apropos of the Franklin Shelter controversy, as reported (in Bowdlerized fashion) by the Washington Post.

Not that Evans is the only councilmember who can work blue on occasion. Scan LL’s columns for some of David A. Catania‘s greatest hits. “If you’re going to play games with shit that really doesn’t matter,” he told LL for a recent column, “what are you going to do with the shit that really does matter?”

A higher level of politesse, Gray explained in the meeting, is necessary to maintain the dignity and decorum of such an august body, LL is told.