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Asta la vista baby

Posted by Lotg (OZ) on September 06, 2004

In Reply to: Vista posted by David FG on September 05, 2004

: : : Can anyone tell me what "vista'" mean besides"
: : : Abbreviation of Volunteers in Service to America"
: : : ?
: : : thanks

: : It means a view or a sight and is from the language of the Ancient Romans.
: : From "video" which means "to see".

: : Thanks for reminding me of VISTA, an organization that was like a local Peace Corps.
: : I was very active in that org way back a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
: : I ventured into homes in NYC and taught reading and basic math skills to very very deprived children.
: : Terrific organization.

: Which reminds me of a question which has always puzzled me. Why is the common abbreviation of Mathematics 'math' in the US and 'maths' in the UK? I try to be tolerant, but I can't help finding the US usage irritating on the ear. Sorry, I don't wish to offend any US readers, and I am certain that they would find many of my turns of phrase immensely annoying!

Well yes I knew that vista meant view or panorama, but it got me wondering about the literal translation of asta la vista (sp?). I googled and I'm afraid I could only get rubbish. I always assumed it loosely meant 'see you later'. Is the 'vista' bit the 'see' or stretching it 'view' you later bit?

Meaning and origin of 'hasta la vista.