Talk:Obsolete Russian units of measurement

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"Tatar" should not be separate from Russian[edit]

I strongly object to the splitting of of a new Obsolete Tatar weights and measures article, and intend to move it back. You can have your redirect link here.

I was the one who moved it to the Russian article from Medieval weights and measures, partly because that is getting too big, partly because this "Tatar" system is mostly just a language difference, not a difference in units, and partly because the splitting of the older "Historical weights and measures" into two articles, Medieval ~ and Ancient ~, left a gap at the top where the more recently used ones actually belong.

We don't need a separate page for all of these obsolete systems--they are trivia. A separate article might be justified if they were in use to any significant extent. But they are not.

The advantage of having English language, Russian language, and Tatar language names for the same units on the same page ought to be obvious. This Tatar language one standing alone is going to be much more confusing--outside that region, there are few Tatar speakers but many Russian speakers spread throughout the world.

I intent to change this unexplained, unjustified move. Gene Nygaard 14:15, 1 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Is the Tatar system exactly the same as Russian? In this case we don't need the Tatar section at all. Move it to Tatar Wikipedia. — Monedula 15:29, 1 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I have no strong feelings about whether or not the Tatar language names are retained here. If they are, they could probably be incorporated with the English and Russian names in one list. However, keeping them here for now will facilitate the merging of the information from that article with the information in this article. Match up the ones which match up, see what you have left over, and explain the difference. I know a little about this; you likely know as much or more, so do it; there is no reason to have a separate article in any case. There appears to me to be more influence and mention of even older middle Eastern units of measure in the Tatar list, maybe the ones that are not just different names for the Russian units should be moved to Medieval weights and measures or Ancient weights and measures, but the whole list doesn't belong in either of those. Gene Nygaard 15:56, 1 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I prefer not to see any Tatar names in this article. So they should be eighter kept on a separate page, or moved to some other page, or deleted altogether. — Monedula 16:38, 1 Feb 2005 (UTC)


I would like an explanation or translation of what these words mean(t) in Russian.

Most of them have not any obvious meaning in Russian and probabily not of Slavic origin.--Nixer 13:46, 11 June 2006 (UTC)


Anyone else think the references page needs updating? That URL was always a rather bad choice of cites to use, seeing as how it was merely collating data on a variety of other websites. All of it's sources were cited, and those sources would have been a far better choice of cites to use instead. It seems especially important to find new cite sources now that the URL is a dead link. Rhialto 06:43, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


What on earth is a line? Do they mean a sixteenth inch? There is no reference to line in the english system article or the american system article. Whisperednumber 22:25, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

As noted in the line disambiguation page, a line is an obsolete term for 1/12 of an inch in anglo-saxon units of length. Rhialto 22:53, 4 August 2007 (UTC)


From looking at instruments it seems they divided a circle into 600 units.

I've also come across a distance called a base where 1 part of base is about 42.6 metres, presumably 60 Arshin. Nfe 02:20, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

garnets - га́рнец - “good one”[edit]

Good one? I think correct translation is pot. See or —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:30, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes, you're right. [1] Hellerick (talk) 14:42, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

A Garfield?[edit]

Can somebody provide the correct Russian plurals? TREKphiler hit me ♠ 12:20, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

Russian plurals are too complicated. E.g. plural for пуд (pud) is пуды (pudy), but it is not used with numerals. Instead we use:
  • With 1, 21, 31 etc.: пуд (pud).
  • With 2, 3, 4, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 34 etc.: пуда (puda).
  • With 5-20, 25-30, 35-40 etc.: пудов (pudov).
The forms listed above are correct for nominative case, the forms for the rest five cases are different :-)
Don't bother with correct Russian plurals, use English plurals instead. Hellerick (talk) 04:15, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
Don't use English plurals for non-English words. It's just wrong (and original research). Rhialto (talk) 15:09, 2 February 2014 (UTC)


Please don't try to translate "arshin". This unit is of turkish origin, its name is quite meaningless in Russian, it has no "natural" definition (like "pace" or "ell") and no western analog. Hellerick (talk) 16:27, 12 August 2010 (UTC)


Does anyone recognise 'Fuhren'? – which might be German or Polish instead. It's a large measure of volume, or possibly of weight, similar to a cord of firewood. It cropped up in 18th century descriptions of leather tanning, as a measure of tree bark. Andy Dingley (talk) 19:52, 2 October 2013 (UTC)


Are the article written by entirely illiterate or stupid participants? What means "The pood was used in Russia, Finland, Belarus and Ukraine"? (talk) 06:08, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Seems fairly self-explanatory to me. Compare with "The yard was used in Canada, Australia, and Ireland." Was there some part in particular that was confusing? Rhialto (talk) 09:58, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Your comparison is incorrect. Correct to be so: "The yard was used in USA, Texas, California, and Alaska." (talk) 15:10, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Anonymous user, your geography and/or grammar is incorrect. Evidently (*"Correct to be so") you are not a native speaker of English, or you would recognize that your proposal lists the United States of America and three of its States as separate elements of a list. That is like "The euro is used in Europe, Spain, England, and Belgium".
Oh! Are you the same as, and saying that Belarus, Ukraine, and Finland are or were parts of Russia? I believe general WP policy is to use modern borders to describe areas of sovereignty. --Thnidu (talk) 04:44, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Anonymous user (Why don't you use a username, hm?) Your evaluation is itself — I won't say "entirely illiterate or stupid", but it sure as hell isn't grammatical. If Since your own command of English grammar is on the weak side,
  1. don't go criticizing others for your problems, and
  2. leave the corrections to those who can do it right.
--Thnidu (talk) 04:44, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Well, the opposition of Russia to Ukraine indeed looks anachronic. Hellerick (talk) 02:43, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Come the day that Russia completely takes (retakes?) control of Ukraine, we can amend the page accordingly. For now, wp practice is to reference geographical regions by the present-day nations in those places. Rhialto (talk) 15:14, 31 March 2015 (UTC)