Category: спорт

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an interesting verb: обтирание

обтирание -- abby lingvo translation is "sponge down" or "rub down"

When I asked my girlfriend what this word means, she tried to explain in English: When you put a towel in the water, then rub it over your body... She said this was a common public service / hygiene recommendation in Soviet times: when showers were scarce, wipe down with a wet towel. (Which fits the use in the song lyrics...)

I just heard this verb used in a Vladimir Vuisotskiy song (Утренняя гимнастика) playing on "Stars on Ice" (звёзлы на льду) -- full song lyrics behind the cut:
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