Should the term “master bedroom” be retired?
The term “master bedroom” should not be retired. A prospective homeowner knows it will be the largest room in the home, probably have a large en-suite bathroom and a large closet. It might have a sitting area. It generally is used by the owner of the home. Some of the newer homes have a “mother-in-law suite,” which is a duplicate of the “master bedroom.” Multi-generational houses often have this feature.
Of course, I grew up in a time where there was only one bathroom with running water—if you were lucky. Mom and dad should have had the biggest bedroom; however, their three daughters and a grandmother occupied it.
The bathroom was added years after acquiring the house. Yes, we had an outhouse and took baths in the kitchen in a tin tub next to the wood cookstove which heated the kitchen.
My current 1925 mill home doesn’t have a master bedroom in a sense the term brings to mind. I do not find the term offensive in any way. We have one bathroom located off the hallway that used to be part of the back porch.
It is time to get over this, “I find whatever offensive mindset.” Terms, names, buildings, streets, are not offensive unless the so-called offended are small-minded. Life is too short to hunt terms and things to declare offensive.
Find something real with which to be offended. Come up with solutions, make them happen, write letters to the politicians. Run for office. Make the corner of the world that you live in better, look for the good in others, pay your blessings forward, and live!