A one pood kettlebell

Pood (Ukraine. Pood was first mentioned in a number of documents of the 12th century.

Together with other units of weight of the Imperial Russian weight measurement system, pood was officially abolished by the USSR in 1924. However, the term remained in widespread use at least until the 1940s.[2]

Its usage is preserved in modern Russian in certain specific cases, e.g., in reference to sports weights, such as traditional Russian kettlebells, cast in multiples and fractions of 16 kg (which is pood rounded to metric units). For example, a 24 kg kettlebell is commonly referred to as "one-and-half pood kettlebell" (polutorapudovaya girya). It is also sometimes used when reporting the amounts of bulk agricultural production, such as grains or potatoes.

An old Russian proverb reads, "You never know a man until you have eaten a pood of salt with him." (Russian: Человека узнаешь, когда с ним пуд соли съешь.)

[edit] References

  1. ^ Yakovlev, V. B. (August 1957). "Development of Wrought Iron Production". Metallurgist. Volume (New York: Springer) 1 (Number 8): 546. doi:10.1007/BF00732452. 0026-0894. http://www.springerlink.com/content/hx515m2689563420/. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  2. ^ A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945, Vasily Grossman, 978-0307275332

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