In the Middle Ages during long religious productions ‘stuffing’ was lighthearted interplay to keep the audience from being bored. The word for this stuffing was farce, derived from the Latin farcire meaning to stuff.
Farce along with forcemeat was also a common term referring to a mixture spiced chopped meat. Not until 1538 did the word stuffing first appear in English print.
In the late 1800’s the term stuffing had no place among the Victorian upper class who began to use the term dressing in place of stuffing. Now in our day and age stuffing and dressing can both be used interchangeably.