Originally Posted by bluetrain4
Who cares about "Grand Slam" usage? Everyone knew what the initial poster was talking about. It may not be technically correct, but it's very common usage.
So, why ruin the thread with pointless argument about nothing?
Utilizing language correctly is a good thing. It makes things more clear.
Try it sometime - take a course or something.
Originally Posted by avmoghe
History is irrelevant - language and sports all evolve through time. The fact remains. Read the ATP rulebook on their website - the four majors are called "Grand Slams" - and as such the OP using the term "Grand Slam win" is perfectly fine. (In fact, if you search around in the PDF, you'll see the usage of the term 'Grand Slam winner' in the exact same way that the OP used it)
If you want to start some sort of foolish crusade to revert back to the historical meaning of the word, fine. Nobody cares about it - nor do we appreciate the irrelevant spam. We are using the terms the ATP uses in their own rulebook, and there's nothing wrong with it since neither nostologia nor pedanticism are dear to us.
Language doesn't 'evolve' nearly so much as people become lazy and language disintegrates around this laziness.
If you wish to defend this practice, go ahead - but you won't ever convince me that you're right.
Laziness breeds the low standards that you support.
"History is irrelevant"
Well, this explains your perspective - and your support of low standards.
"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it."