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May. 4th, 2011 | 10:57 pm
mood: curiouscurious

This came up while I was talking to kevlarhusky, and I'm just curious... what do you call a room that has a shower, washbasin and toilet, but no bathtub?

Poll #1738052 Bath-less bathrooms

What do you call a room with a shower, washbasin and toilet, but no bathtub?

A bathroom.
25(71.4%)
A shower room.
3(8.6%)
An ensuite.
1(2.9%)
A 3/4 bathroom.
3(8.6%)
Something else entirely (comment below)
2(5.7%)
Bathroom, shmathroom, just show me the results!
1(2.9%)

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Storm Cloud

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from: shadow_stallion
date: May. 4th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
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I didn't see a proper definition that was worth linking. Here in the US and from my experience it is a bathroom attached to the master bedroom. Doesn't matter if it has a shower or a tub, just as long as it has one of them. Now mind you this may not be the proper definition or use of the word but I've never seen a home show make a distinction regarding tub or shower.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 4th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, OK. So whether you'd call it a bathroom would depend on where it was located in the house/apartment, too?

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Kint Sonnemont

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from: kint
date: May. 4th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
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In casual conversation I'd still just say 'bathroom,' even though it's 'technically' termed 3/4 (which got my vote)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 4th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I'm glad I included that option, then! I'd never heard the term before, but I just saw it on Wikipedia when I read the entry on bathrooms while writing this entry.

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Kevlar

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from: kevlarhusky
date: May. 4th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
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It would be an ensuite if attached to a bedroom exclusively :3 And a shower room if not.

Personally, a bathroom to me, must contain a bath, to earn its name ^^

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 4th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Ah, OK. :) So an ensuite is a private bathroom, basically?

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tzisorey

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from: tzisorey
date: May. 4th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Here, it'd be an ensuite if attached to a bedroom - but otherwise, "bathroom" and "3/4 bathroom" would both be appropriate. BUT, apparently we have a legal requirement on the books that every house HAS to have a bathtub, unless it's an apartment unit.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 4th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
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What, really? I can't for my life imagine what must be going through the mind of someone who would make a bathtub a *legal* requirement. o.O

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from: tamino
date: May. 4th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
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There's plenty of apartments that have showers only, no bathtub. I don't see any reason not to call it a "bathroom", if it serves the function of one, just with the user in a vertical rather than a horizontal position :-)

Why must there be so many *words* for everything? :-P

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 4th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's how I feel as well. Even if it's not got a tub, it's what you use to bathe yourself, in essence; and there's really only one word in German, Badezimmer (technically, there's other terms like Naßzelle that may or may not be appropriate in specific contexts, but nobody really uses these in casual conversation), too.

And I'm not sure. Proliferation? :)

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Dhole

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from: lupinebear
date: May. 4th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
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And here in Canada, it's commonly called a "washroom".

Cheers!
- Dhole

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fargowolf

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from: fargowolf
date: May. 5th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
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I call it a bathroom, unless at a gas (petrol) station. Then I call it a washroom. Yes... I AM Canadian. (Also the brand of beer I drink too. ;P )

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fargowolf

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from: fargowolf
date: May. 5th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
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Bathing is bathing, regardless of whether it's done in a tub, or shower. At least that's my point of view.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
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Mmm, I suppose. I wouldn't really call it "bathing" if it didn't involve a tub, myself, but "bathroom" really has become just a phrase for me: it's not connected to "bathing" in the truest sense anymore.

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Moth

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from: moth_wingthane
date: May. 5th, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
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Seems to be just us Brits that use a shower room :)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
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Yeah — the US-Americans and Australians all seem to have gone for "bathroom", at least. :)

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Quentin

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from: quentinwolf
date: May. 5th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Another Canadian answer, like lupinebear, I'd call it a Washroom... Though sometimes I call it Bathroom regardless, Washroom seems to be used more often for me in public, and Bathroom at home. :)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
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*noddles* I was really thinking of bathrooms in private homes — I don't think public restrooms/bathrooms typically have showers (much less tubs) to begin with, do they?

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Heretic!

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from: shereth
date: May. 5th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
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While there is no real written standard, within the construction industry (at least here in the US) a "bathroom" is made up of four components : a toilet, a sink, a bathtub and a shower. Removal of one of these components (the tub) results in a 3/4 bath, removal of two (tub and shower) results in a 1/2 bath. Even then, since there is no authoritative standard, you can come across some amount of discrepancy.

In common parlance, at least in my experience, we here in the US tend to refer to any room containing a toilet as a "bathroom" without any qualifier. Facilities outside of the home are just called a "restroom".

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 5th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, interesting. Out of curiosity, if one were to take a "full" bathroom and remove the tub, shower AND toilet so that only a sink would remain, would the result be called a quarter (1/4) bathroom, or does that sound silly?

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Sandwalker

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from: greytail
date: May. 14th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Here in NZ, as far as I know, we refer to a room with either a shower and/or bath as a bathroom. Some have toilets as well, but most houses I've been in have the toilet in its own small room (which, not surprisingly, we call a toilet).

My house originally had an outdoor toilet set several metres away from the main house in the backyard. At some point part of the washhouse (the laundry room) was turned into an indoor toilet, and the rest was given over to expand the kitchen. The bathroom had a bath, but I think that was taken out in early 1970s, when a block of flats was built directly behind the house (and thus removing the backyard). It was replaced with a shower, which required obscuring part of the window and cutting into its frame, and the vanity unit that was in the far left corner by the window was moved to be beside the door.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 14th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Here in NZ, as far as I know, we refer to a room with either a shower and/or bath as a bathroom. Some have toilets as well, but most houses I've been in have the toilet in its own small room (which, not surprisingly, we call a toilet).

That's exactly what I'm used to, too! There's a bathroom, which contains a bathtub or at least a shower, and a toilet, which contains, well, a toilet. At the very least, it used to be like that at my parents' house (and it still is).

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