“A barber’s hat with Barbies on it”
This is a memory from a New Years Eve when I was playing Balderdash with friends at the FCA camp. I think the year was either 1994 or 1995. If you’ve never played Balderdash, the concept is for you to come up with a definition for an obscure word and get people to believe it is the actual definition.
This brings us up to the word “barbette”. When this word came up, someone wrote the line at the top down as a possible definition. The entire group laughed for what seemed like hours. I’m not sure why we found it so utterly hilarious, but all the ingredients for hilarity were there, and it ensued.
I had forgotten the definition for barbette almost immediately so I thought it was time to look it up.
(within a fortification) a platform or mound of earth from which guns may be fired over the parapet instead of through embrasures.
Navy. an armored cylinder for protecting the lower part of a turret on a warship.
Still not being sure, I looked up a picture. I guess the fictional definition for barbette is still a lot better and more suitable.
Side Note: Barbette was also the stage name for a cross dressing circus performer in the 1920s and 1930s...seriously.