If Tom Antonellis Had Hosted the 83rd Academy Awards, There Would Have Been 'Relanyms' Galore

Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Made Into a 'Relanym'

"'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play" by Tom Antonellis © Thick Skin Creations, 2011.  All rights reserved.  The term 'relanym' is a copywritten and trademark-pending entity. 

A relanym is an odd or whimsical word or phrase derived from a common word or phrase. 

Crafting one involves adjusting each portion of the word or phrase by replacing it with either a synonym, an antonym or some such related word -- a word that would fall under the same category as the original. 

rela-  :  prefix invoking “relative” or “related”

-nym  :  a word suffix

Hence:  relanym.   Enjoy!  We start with 1929's 'Wings' right on up to 2010's 'The King's Speech'.  Here we go...


• Wings  -->  Thighs

• The Broadway Melody  -->  The 34th Street Harmony

• All Quiet on the Western Front  -->  All Noisy on the Eastern Back

• Grand Hotel  -->  Poor Tent

• Cavalcade  -->  Obscurewordmeaningprocession

• It Happened One Night  -->  It Almost Happened One Afternoon

• Mutiny on the ‘Bounty’  -->  Conscientious Objection on the ‘Affluence’

• The Great Ziegfeld  -->  The Mediocre Rumsfeld

• The Life of Emile Zola  -->  The Near-Death Experience of Emile Zola

• You Can’t Take it With You  -->  I Haven’t Been Able to Bring It Along With Me

• Gone with the Wind  -->  Present with the Rain

• Rebecca  -->  Becky

• How Green Was My Valley  -->  How Brown Was My Last BM

• Mrs. Miniver  -->  Goo-goo-ga-choo Mrs. Robinson

• Casablanca  -->  Marrakesh

• Going My Way  -->  Leaving in the Manner of Someone Else

• The Lost Weekend  -->  The Found Vacation

• The Best Years of Our Lives  -->  The Worst Seconds of Our Deaths

• Gentleman’s Agreement  -->  Prick’s Arrangement

• Hamlet  -->  Porklet

• All the King’s Men  -->  A Select Few of the Queen’s Bitches

• All About Eve  -->  None About Adam

• An American in Paris  -->  A Parisian in Nashville

• The Greatest Show on Earth  -->  The Most Lame Presentation on Neptune

• From Here to Eternity  -->  From Just Next Door to Just After Next Week

• On the Waterfront  -->  Under the Pier

• Marty  -->  Doc

• Around the World in 80 Days  -->  Around the Desktop Globe in 8 Seconds

• The Bridge on the River Kwai  -->  The Bridge on the River Kwai Not?

• Gigi  -->  GaGaGooGoo

• Ben-Hur  -->  Done Him (One of my favorites!!!  Page 75 - "'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play")

• The Apartment  -->  The Artist's Loft

• West Side Story  -->  Northern Facet Parable

• Lawrence of Arabia  -->  Leonard of Judea

• Tom Jones  -->  Dick Smith

• My Fair Lady  -->  Your Hideous Gentleman

• The Sound of Music  -->  The Taste of Oil Paint

• A Man for All Seasons  -->  A Dude for Some Harvesttimes

• Oliver!  -->  Oliver?

• Midnight Cowboy  -->  Dusk Shepherd

• Patton  -->  Rubbon

• The French Connection  -->  The German Link

• The Godfather  -->  The Devilmother (page 13 - "'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play")

• The Sting  -->  The Minor Irritation

• The Godfather Part II  -->  The Allahcousin Part II (page 13 - "'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play")

• One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  -->  Two Vaulted Under the Bushtit’s Sleeping Area
(more of them for 'Cuckoo's Nest' on page 69 - "'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play")

• Rocky  -->  Shoaly

• Annie Hall   -->  DaddyWarbucks Corridor

• The Deer Hunter  -->  The Elk Preserver

• Kramer vs. Kramer  -->  George Costanza vs. George Costanza

• Ordinary People  -->  Extraordinary Dogs

• Chariots of Fire  -->  Wagon Trains of Water

• Gandhi  -->  Robin-Williams-Doing-an-Impression-of-Gandhi

• Terms of Endearment  -->  References to Hatred

• Amadeus  -->  He'sanaltar

• Out of Africa  -->  Into Antarctica

• Platoon  -->  Regiment

• The Last Emperor  -->  The Penultimate Sith Lord

• Rain Man  -->  Snow Chick

• Driving Miss Daisy  -->  Transporting Miss Tulip

• Dances with Wolves  -->  Cha-Chas with Chupacabras

• The Silence of the Lambs  -->  The Muffled Rumblings of the Goats
(more of them for 'Lambs' on page 113 -
"'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play")

• Unforgiven  -->  Barely Reconciled

• Schindler’s List  -->  Knee-dler’s PowerPointPresentation

• Forrest Gump  -->  Scrubland Breathmint

• Braveheart  -->  Terrifiedspleen

• The English Patient  -->  The British Eager

• Titanic  -->  Boobanic

• Shakespeare in Love  -->  Moliere in Melancholy

• American Beauty  -->  Canadian Heinousness

• Gladiator  -->  Somewhatsatisfied-iator

• A Beautiful Mind  -->  A Pretty Conscience

• Chicago  -->  Dudeago

• Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King  -->  Duchess of the Anklet:  The Absence of the Court Jester (more of them for 'Rings' on page 45 - "'Precipice Writings' & Other Relanyms - A Book of Word-Play")

• Million Dollar Baby  -->  Five Cent Infant

• Crash  -->  Collision

• The Departed  -->  The Resurrected

• No Country for Old Men  -->  All Continents for Young Women

• Slumdog Millionaire  -->  Ghettocat Billionaire

• The Hurt Locker  -->  The Booboo Cubbyhole

• The King’s Speech  -->  The Queen’s Yeast Infection

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