Re-reading article about transition in Maryland from indentured servants to slaves in the 1600s. Authors discuss a group of “early plungers” i.e. early investors in slaves who set up the institutional and legal structure that allowed a greater number of planters, later on, to invest in slaves when the number of indentured servants in the colony dropped off.
This is all extremely interesting, but when I read “early plungers” all I can think of is Professor Schickele’s biography of PDQ Bach, which divides PDQ’s life into various periods, the first of which is the “initial plunge.” I swear, it is probably inevitable that in class this afternoon I am going to call those Marylanders who were buying slaves in the earlier 1600s “initial plungers.”
(In PDQ’s life, the “Initial plunge” is I believe followed by “soused” and then later, “contrition.”)