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Posted by on Nov 25, 2007

Farcical stuffing

I am getting on a roll with these food-related posts, but I have another brief one to share.

Did you know that in the Middle Ages, stuffing was known as farce?

However, at least in England, there was a distinction in the terms stuffing and dressing. They were basically synonymous, but the use of one or the other indicated class or background.

Farce took on its current meaning of a light-hearted play. Farces were originally designed to be entertaining interludes between long, sermonizing religious theater. So, it is not the gravy, not the meat. It is the farce. Noel Coward might find that amusing.
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