And the first commandment of the modern GOP reads: “thou Shalt Not Vote to Raise Taxes.”
According to the politest version, the Cossacks replied: thou Turkish Devil!
The animal became a “thou” instead of an “it”—a being to be experienced rather than an instrument of gratification.
“God is in heaven, and thou upon earth,” reads Ecclesiastes 5:2.
Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Bethink thee now—thou art of too much account to die as these others.
When yet a child I oft have dried my tears when thou hast smil'd.
Manifest my innocence; and if it be gold, thou shalt have thy desire.
If she said to him, "thou art not my husband," she was drowned.
If thou fall, thou wilt merely swell the triumph of the 'Beast.'
2nd nominative singular personal pronoun, Old English þu, from Proto-Germanic *thu (cf. Old Frisian thu, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German du, Old High German and German du, Old Norse þu, Gothic þu), from PIE *tu-, second person singular pronoun (cf. Latin tu, Irish tu, Welsh ti, Greek su, Lithuanian tu, Old Church Slavonic ty, Sanskrit twa-m).
Superseded in Middle English by plural form you (from a different root), but retained in certain dialects (e.g. Philadelphia Quakers). The plural at first was used in addressing superior individuals, later also (to err on the side of propriety) strangers, and ultimately all equals. By c.1450 the use of thou to address inferiors gave it a tinge of insult unless addressed by parents to children, or intimates to one another. Hence the verb meaning "to use 'thou' to a person" (mid-15c.).
Avaunt, caitiff, dost thou thou me! I am come of good kin, I tell thee! ["Hickscorner," c.1530]A brief history of the second person pronoun in English can be found here.
The final crisis is here; the unavoidable has come; prepare for the worst: He held her hand fast and said ''This is it, kid'' (1942+)