a common Middle English form or spelling of shop (n.) used in Chaucer, etc. Noted by 1918 as an antiquarian affectation in U.S. commercial establishments.
YE EAT SHOPPE
I admit that the name is against it. As a matter of fact, 732 Eighth Avenue is nothing more nor less than a good old-fashioned midnight lunch-room camouflaged by a flossy title. [Helen Worden Erskine, "The Real New York," 1933]
Other Middle English variant spellings, left in commercial obscurity, include shope, schop, schope, chop, choppe, shep, ssoppe, scop-, shup-.
updated on August 28, 2022