Sure Eric there has been grade inflation, but part of that was because all routes 5.9 and harder were crammed into the same grade. Or do you really think that Recompense is a 9 and Recluse is only 9+ as in my first Cote guide? And then the same thing happened with 5.10, Foops and Supercrack were rated 10+, lol.
My first 10 was a 9 when I did it as well, Moby Dick center in Yosemite. I wouldn't have tried it if it had been a 10.