Equally strange, the whole episode was taped and shown on national television.
I taped it every week and transcribed the sketches and watched them back.
News Corp. quickly paid $10.7 million to settle the case, pushed in part by reports that Regan had taped the conversation.
Old English tæppe "narrow strip of cloth used for tying, measuring, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from Latin tapete "carpet." The original short vowel became long in Middle English.
Tape recorder "device for recording sound on magnetic tape" first attested 1932; from earlier meaning "device for recording data on ticker tape" (1892), from tape in the sense of "paper strip of a printer" (1884). Tape-measure is attested from 1873; tape-delay is from 1968.
c.1600, from tape (n.); meaning "to make a tape recording" is from 1950. Related: Taped; taping.
A person who ''tap dances'': He considered himself a tap dancer because he was very agile at gliding away from any sticky situation (1970s+)
To improvise, tergiversate, etc, in order to hide one's ignorance: I didn't read the poop sheet, so I had to tap dance when the question came (1970s+ Army)