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blotto \blot"to\ adj. (bl[o^]t"t[-o]) drunk[1]. [colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"drunk," c.1905, from some signification of blot (v.) in its "soak up liquid" meaning.


a. (context slang English) drunk.


Blotto may refer to:

  • Blotto (biology), a reagent used in immunological assays
  • Blotto, a colloquial term meaning drunkenness
  • Blotto (film) a 1930 Laurel and Hardy short comedy film
  • Blotto (band), an Albany, NY, rock band in the late 1970s and early 1980s
  • Blotto games, a class of zero-sum games named after a fictional Colonel Blotto
Blotto (band)

Blotto was a rock band from Albany, New York, known for mixing music and humor. They formed in 1978 out of the Star Spangled Washboard Band, a "post-hippie" comedy jugband. Blotto's music combined new wave and soul/ R&B, but with comedic themes. It began as a pick up band in Saratoga Springs at a club then known as 17 Maple Ave. (later The Metro), with three Washboard Band alumni (who took the stage names Bowtie Blotto, Sergeant Blotto, and Broadway Blotto), plus a drummer and a bassist. They were soon joined by Blanche Blotto, who contributed vocals and keyboards and inspired the band's drumhead lady logo. They began to amass a following and played in the New York City area at clubs such as The Ritz, SNAFU, Eighty-Eight, and My Father's Place. DJ Vin Scelsa of WNEW-FM picked up on their initial recording of "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard," which soon became the theme song of the Jones Beach Lifeguards. Their songs were played on the Dr. Demento Show, and they appeared on television's Uncle Floyd Show. They toured frequently and were popular primarily in the northeastern United States, especially among college students.

After releasing two EPs on their own Blotto Records label, they produced an early music video for "I Wanna Be A Lifeguard" with video production students at SUNY Albany. The video was played on MTV's very first day on the air in 1981, and continued in frequent rotation. This exposure helped the band produce their album Combo Akimbo, which was released with assistance from Peter Pan Records, as well as a "Video 45" on VHS from Sony with three videos of Blotto songs that also received wide exposure from airplay on MTV, including "Metalhead," with Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult on lead guitar. Blotto worked with producer Bob Clearmountain on one song on the album.

The group disbanded in 1984, with the players pursuing more profitable interests. Drummer Lee Harvey Blotto (Paul Rapp) graduated from Albany Law School, became an attorney specializing in intellectual property law, and continued to play with the band as "F. Lee Harvey Blotto" (a pun on the names of famous lawyer F. Lee Bailey and JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald). Bassist "Cheese Blotto" (Keith Stephenson) died suddenly in October 1999 of cardiomyopathy brought on by a liver condition.1

All of Blotto's studio recordings (with one exception, the song "Bud ... Is After Us") were reissued on a 1994 compact disc compilation, Collected Works. In 1999, the band released Then More Than Ever, a CD comprising previously unreleased live concert recordings, excerpts from a 1982 appearance on the "BBC College Concert" radio series, and tracks recorded for the never-completed followup album to "Combo Akimbo."

The band in its current incarnation (Broadway, Bowtie, Sergeant, F. Lee Harvey, Clyde and Hammerhead Blotto) is still active, and has reunited for occasional concerts in the Albany area, including an appearance at the 2008 4th of July celebration at Empire State Plaza, and several shows in 2011 at local festivals. On August 6, 2015, the band opened for Blue Öyster Cult at an "Alive at Five" concert in Albany.

In 2005, a DVD was released, assembled by Bert Blotto and containing all the video material in the band's vaults. Included are appearances on The Mike Douglas Show (as The Star Spangled Washboard Band), The Uncle Floyd Show, MTV with VJ Martha Quinn, The Joe Franklin Show and Carmine's Table, among others.

Blotto (biology)

In biology, BLOTTO is a blocking reagent made from nonfat dry milk, phosphate buffered saline, and sodium azide. Its name is an almost-acronym of Bovine Lacto Transfer Technique Optimizer. It constitutes an inexpensive source of nonspecific protein (milk casein) which blocks protein binding sites in a variety of experimental paradigms, notably Southern blots, Western blots, and ELISA. Its use was first reported in 1984 by Johnson and Elder's lab at Scripps. Prior to 1984, partially purified proteins such as bovine serum albumin, ovalbumin, or gelatin from various species had been used as blocking reagents but had the disadvantage of being expensive.

Blotto (film)

Blotto (1930) is an American Pre-Code comedy film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Usage examples of "blotto".

No more prison-brew, no more raisin-jack from a tin can under the bed, Blotto Otto.

Hunter took the dog in his arms and felt him carefully, while Blotto, with his tongue sprawling out, gazed from his inverted position at Daffy, the whites of his eyes unpleasantly displayed.

Suddenly and most disconcertingly for everybody concerned, but much more so for Blotto, of course, the mop-like appendage refused to wag.

Unwilling to entertain this tragic thought, the overwrought Blotto made a final effort.

Behind him the tail swung ponderously, so ponderously in fact that Blotto was thrown off his balance and was forced to do some pretty clever footwork to keep from falling over.

But Blotto was to discover that no dog can completely wash its hands of its tail.

Then, with a sudden revulsion of spirit for which he was noted, Blotto bounded to his feet and performed hitherto unachieved altitudes in the line of wagging.

Thus did Blotto, a dog of low and irregular birth, contribute to one of the most spectacular discoveries of modern science.

At this moment Blotto, with the air of a strolling player, ambled into the room.

As he busily sniffed the feet and legs of the statue Blotto forgot his manners for the first time in years.

In one corner of the room Blotto, undisturbed by the arrival of his master, was snoring volubly, a thing he did quite well.

Still pondering over the bad habits and abysmal stupidity of Blotto, Hunter Hawk threw open all the windows and, turning his back to the night, sought the safety and sanctity of his bed.

Before Mr Hawk had settled himself comfortably, Blotto was snoring with increased volume, so much so, in fact, that he woke up even himself.

For some minutes the contest continued, Blotto alternately sparking and stopping like a willing but broken-down motor.

Between Blotto and his uninvited bedfellow there was scarcely any sleep at all for Hunter Hawk that night.