Obviously for most of us the chance of having one of those to hand is fairly remote, but whenever I see the word zareba I don't think of East African hedges, I think instead of the magnificent PG Wodehouse story The Clicking of Cuthbert, which features (wrong word, as you shall see) the great Russian literary novelist Vladimir Brusiloff.
His first glance at the novelist surprised Cuthbert. Doubtless with the best of motives, Vladimir Brusiloff had permitted his face to become almost entirely concealed behind a dense zareba of hair
I shall be looking out for beards, today...
...and wondering what motives each man has for growing the ridiculous thing.
Spot the Frippet: zareba. This word comes from the Arabic zaribah, cattlepen, from zarb sheepfold.
illustration and verse by Edward Lear