More respectable news and commentary venues tend to refer to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as the “Underpants Bomber.” Gawker and other blogs went with “Testicle Bomber,” with alternates of “Crotch Bomber” and “Panty Bomber.” I like my friend Alan’s suggestion “Scrotabomber.” Frozen Justice went alliterative with “Bollox Bomber.”
Someone might argue that it matters what we call things, because taxonomy is an instrument of control. What I think this suggests is that Abdulmutallab’s potentially fatal, yet fortunately failing attempt to murder his fellow passengers was fundamentally ridiculous. Taxonomy gives way to another instrument of control, humor. We will need plenty of that quality when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) begins implementing full body scanners in U.S. airports.
Happy new year!