What is slave to the grind means? it's the album title of skid row

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about interpreting a one-off artistic/poetic usage in an album title. Presumably grind here primarily alludes to heavy metal subgenres like death-grind, pornogrind, grindcore, noisegrind, etc. But that's all domain-specific terminology which I don't pretend to understand. It's popular music, not English. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 6 '14 at 16:20
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    Slave to the grind, as in the grind of working, seems reasonable to me without music-specific terminology. Google "the daily grind" for example. – Joe Nov 6 '14 at 16:24
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    This question appears to be off-topic because a literal interpretation wouldn't completely and accurately answer the question and an analysis of any double entendre would be both opinion based and probably more of a discussion than an answer unless Skid Row decides to drop in and explain what they meant. – ColleenV Nov 6 '14 at 16:35
  • The question What does slave to the grind mean? is a valid question, correct? It's just the music reference that you object to? I think that's a reasonably answerable question and if the music reference is the problem, just remove it (or make it clear it's just a bit of background information and the question isn't asking for interpretation of lyrics). – Joe Nov 6 '14 at 17:31
  • For me, it is not so much the "music reference." There is no "music reference" except that it is the name of an album. As such there is next to no context from which to interpret the sentence. We often ask for more context when we get questions about a single sentence. In this case, it is not possible. – user6951 Nov 6 '14 at 21:04

"Grind" likely means in this context the "daily grind", or the routine of going to work every day. This ELU question for example explains this in a bit more detail.

From that question, and from there from dictionary.reference.com:

daily grind (noun)

everyday routine, esp. monotonous


The daily grind was starting to get to her.

So here, Skid Row is referring to being a slave to the daily work routine - either objecting to the fact that you must perform this routine in order to survive, or the fact that once you get in a routine the routine will often control you.

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  • And you're completely certain that they weren't alluding to a secondary meaning, like the slang "grind" for "An erotic rotation of the pelvis", or "grindcore" heavy metal genre that preceded the band? Heavy metal in general is full of double entendre. – ColleenV Nov 6 '14 at 16:51
  • @ColleenV: That's another possibility, but given the band is Skid Row it's much more likely to be primarily referencing grinding overdriven bass, or on that same page the fact that grind is a British term for thrash [metal music]. I kinda doubt the members of Skid Row know or care much about the daily grind of a 9-5 job. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 6 '14 at 17:06
  • @FumbleFingers that's exactly why I agreed with your close vote. Either the question can be answered with a dictionary or it's subject to a variety of interpretations. There's no correct answer here unless the band has already explained it. – ColleenV Nov 6 '14 at 17:10
  • @ColleenV: Absolutely. If OP had asked the meaning of daily grind it would presumably have been GR. I'm not sure how I'd closevote a question asking what Slave to Love means, but I'd certainly hope to find a justifiable reason. This sort of thing just doesn't seem appropriate for ELL. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 6 '14 at 17:18
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    @stormrage - Maybe if the question were edited to include more detail and the research the asker did to try to answer their question. The site isn't supposed to be a substitute for an online dictionary. If the question is really deeper than "tell me the meaning because I'm too lazy to go look it up", it should be edited to reflect that so that we can focus our explanations on which part is confusing to the asker. The system flagged this question as "low quality" for a reason. – ColleenV Nov 6 '14 at 17:47

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