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Lowe and McArthur filled two books for the U.K. market with cynically profane critiques of the ephemera of contemporary culture; this edition features material from those volumes combined with new entries from Hay, a former writer for The Daily Show. Nonetheless, a strong British streak running runs throughout, particularly when it comes to vocabulary such as "posh jackasses" and "cobblers to your iPod playlist." The targets are for the most part predictable-celebrities, rich people, George W. Bush, etc. How much space a topic rates is sometimes mystifying: the entries on Chinese Communist Party and the hidden teachings of Scientology go on for several pages, yet the Blackberry rates only a single line. There's even an entry on people in bear costumes on motorbikes advertising stuff-which, they say, "happens more than you might imagine." It's all amusing enough in small doses, but not quite as clever as, say, the Onion. (Nov.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.