Dan Neil Can Now Talk Dirty All The Time

Dan Neil, the LA Times' Pulitzer-winning car critic, is among staffers at the embattled paper looking forward to heeding the the example of new owner Sam Zell and tossing around the salty language a bit more freely, according to The New York Observer. Here's the salient quotable: "There's a certain lasciviousness descending on the newsroom—I just look forward to using rude words in everyday conversation." Which makes us wonder: If the LAT newsroom needed the car guy to bring back crude inky repartee, perhaps Zell's affection for argot—he effin' loves the effin' eff word—is precisely what the joint needs. Official newsroom bar of soap, now officially retired. Let the filthy verbal hoonage commence! [NYO]