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Photo: Tom Penpark (Shutterstock) Real estate listings sound like they should be pretty straightforward, but if you’re not familiar with the terminology and abbreviations, it can seem like they’re written in a different language. Some things are self-explanatory, like seeing “primary bedroom” and knowing it’s what has been traditionally known as a “master bedroom.” Bathrooms, however, are another story. Individually, they’re often described using fractions (like a “half bath” or “3/4 bath”). Collectively this is also the case (like saying that a home has “two-and-a-half baths”), but the math used to reach that number isn’t exactly what we learned in school. Here’s what to know—including the actual differences between a half, 3/4, and full bathroom. A quick intro to bathrooms and fixtures The first modern bathrooms —as in, the ones with flushing toilets and indoor plumbing—were first installed in the homes of wealthy Americans in the late 1800s. For the next few decades, these rooms contained much of what we see in residential bathrooms today—like sinks, toilets, and bathtubs—but depending on the size of the room that was converted into the bathroom, it may have also contained additional fixtures, like a sitz bath , or special tiny sink just for brushing your teeth . Given space restrictions, these other fixtures weren’t likely to become common in middle- or working-class homes, but they didn’t last very long in most homes of the wealthy, either—leaving us with the current concept of what’s included in a bathroom: A toilet, sink, bathtub, and […]