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Realtors Drop ‘Master’ Bedroom/Bathroom Lingo Over Racism Concerns

Houston, TX – Some organizations are doing away with the term “master” as they reexamine whether their practices are in compliance with a growing politically-correct culture.

The Houston Association of Realtors will no longer use the term “master” to describe bedrooms and bathrooms on its listings, according to KPRC.
Instead of “master bedroom” and “master bathroom” the terms “primary bedroom” and “primary bathroom” will be used, KPRC reported.

The change came after many Houston Association of Realtors asked for a review of terminology used by the association.

“The MLS [Multiple Listing Service] Advisory Group regularly reviews the terms and fields used in the MLS to make sure they are consistent with the current market environment,” according to a statement HAR sent its members regarding the change. “The updates to Primary Bedroom and Primary Bath were among nine requests for review that were submitted by members and considered at the most recent meetings.”

The Houston Association of Realtors said the topic had been raised long before.

“It was not a new suggestion to review the terminology,” according to the statement HAR sent its members, KPRC reported. “The overarching message was that some members were concerned about how the terms might be perceived by some other agents and consumers. The consensus was that Primary describes the rooms equally as well as Master while avoiding any possible misperceptions.”

The realtors aren’t the only ones dropping the “master” term.

The Court of Master Sommeliers is an educational organization set up for a sommelier, also known as a wine steward.

The organization stated it will no longer use the word “master” when addressing those who have attained the highest title given by the Court, according to Food & Wine.

Instead of just using the term “master,” the Master Sommeliers will be addressed by both terms as well as their surname.

Food & Wine reported that the Court appeared to make that decision after an Instagram video was released. In that video, Tahiirah Habibi said she was told she would have to call those who administered a Court of Master Sommeliers exam “master” when she took it in 2011.

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Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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