From the polynesian word 'tautau' (along with taboo). Not to be confused with the Edinburgh tattoo (which comes from a different root, the Dutch word 'taptoe' meaning to close the tap of a cask). The Tatoo is an annual event where cannons are fired and soldiers parade for the pleasure of the crowd (hmmm..). Unfortunately, bagpipes feature prominently as in most aspects of Edinburgh life. This hellish instrument should be banned, especially during the summer months when the American Tourist attempts to placate the noisy beasts with money, not knowing that this encourages them.