Last night I was watching T.V. and there was a TV commercial about a show named

Stand Parados

I know Stand in Spanish could mean "Parado/a/os/as" as a noun eg:

They are stand

could mean:

Están Parados

so Stand sounds like Están, so I think that's the reason why the show uses Stand instead of Están.

So what do you call this play on words?

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    They are stand no tiene sentido. They are standing significa Están de pie. En cuánto al título ese, se trata de comedia stand-up, o sea la que se hace delante de una audiencia contando anécdotas y a veces interactuando con ellos. Lo que habría que preguntar es qué pinta Parados en el título. Sep 1 '14 at 13:00
  • @PeterTaylor, If you edit that part the question it's hard to understand what the OP is trying to say, because standing is not similar to Están.
    – Rosenthal
    Sep 1 '14 at 17:56
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    @syrux, it's certainly hard to understand what OP is trying to say. Perhaps I haven't been explicit enough in what I'm trying to say, which is that I don't think there's much evidence for a play on words in the first place, so there's not much point in trying to classify it. Sep 1 '14 at 18:02
  • @PeterTaylor, agree
    – Rosenthal
    Sep 1 '14 at 19:37

False cognate

False cognates are pairs of words in the same or different languages that are similar in form and pronunciation but have different roots and meaning.

Additional information:

  • Making some research I discovered that Wikipedia has a wrong definition of False Cognate (my definition was never extracted from Wkipedia).
  • My answer is only applicable if you compare the two words not the whole sentence (which is misspelled)

Pun or paronomasia (in your case, with false friends words)

The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.


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