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Tattoo Facts and Figures

by Vose ~ August 12th, 2015

No, not body tattoos, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, ongoing until August 29. (In case you don’t get to the end of the page, here’s why they call it a “tattoo.”)

The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries – ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’).

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