The people spoken, or written to, as an object. (defdate)
''Both of you should get ready now.''
1611, ''Bible'', Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XLII:
- And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies ....
(circa) (w), ''Richard III'':
- If I may counsaile you, some day or two / Your Highnesse shall repose you at the Tower ....
1611, ''Bible'', Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XIX:
- And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the (smallcaps) will destroy this city.
1970, (w), ''Lightning Bug'':
- ‘Pull you up a chair,’ she offered.
The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing (m); originally as a mark of respect.) (defdate)
(circa) (w), ''Le Morte Darthur'', Book VIII:
- I charge you, as ye woll have my love, that ye warne your kynnesmen that ye woll beare that day the slyve of golde uppon your helmet.
The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing (m).) (defdate)
''You are all supposed to do as I tell you.''
2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
- Are you excited? ― Yes, I am excited!
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(circa) (w), "The Clerk's Tale", ''Canterbury Tales'', Ellesmere manuscript (c. 1410):
- certes lord / so wel vs liketh yow / And al youre werk / and euere han doon / þat we / Ne koude nat vs self deuysen how / We myghte lyuen / in moore felicitee ....
(RQ:Austen Mansfield Park)
2001, Polly Vernon, ''The Guardian'', 5 May 2001:
- You can't choose your family, your lovers are difficult and volatile, but, oh, you can choose your friends - so doesn't it make much more sense to live and holiday with them instead?
''Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?''
2015, Judi Curtin, ''Only Eva'', The O'Brien Press ((ISBN)):
- &39;You genius!' I shouted in Aretta's ear. &39;You absolute genius! Why didn't you tell us you were so good?'
1930, Barrington Hall, ''Modern Conversation'', Brewer & Warren, page 239:
- Youing consists in relating everything in the conversation to the person you wish to flatter, and introducing the word “you” into your speech as often as possible.
1992, (w), ''Portrait of the Artist’s Wife'', Victoria University Press, page 272:
- Now even Princess Anne had dropped it. Sarah had heard her youing away on television the other night just like the inhabitants of her mother’s dominions beyond the seas.
2004, (w), ''Brooklyn Noir'', Akashic Books, "Practicing":
- But even having my very own personal pronoun was risky, because it’s pretty tough to keep stopped-hope stopped up when ''you'' are getting all ''youed'' up, when someone you really like keeps promising you scary, fun, exciting stuff—and even tougher for the of that moment to remain securely devoid of hope, to make smart, self-denying decisions with Dad ''you''ing me—the long ooo of it broad and extended, like a hand.
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