'Hasta la vista, baby'

Posted by ESC on December 27, 2004

In Reply to: 'Hasta la vista, baby' posted by Fred on December 27, 2004

: : : : What does 'Hasta la vista, baby' mean?
: : : : Thanks
: : : : SB

: : :
: : : So long. (Goodbye)

: : Adding the very American "baby" to the Spanish farewell "hasta la vista," spoken in his comic-operetta Austrian accent, made thiis phrase one of Arnold Schwartzenegger's carefully-scripted catch phrases from one of his tiresome movies. That is, it's a jokey turn of phrase (followed by extreme violence) in a simple formula that can be grasped by slack-jawed teenage boys. He's bidding farewell to someone (or some thing, or some alien) that he's about to blast to smithereens. this is what passes for wit in America, and gets one elected to high office. Sign.

: Interestingly, The Economist (Dec. 18, 2004) supports changing the Constitution so that Schwarzenegger can run for the presidency in 2008. Of course, this does not mean that The Economist would support him.

Another reference translates it: See you later. "Le Mot Juste," edited by John Buchanan-Brown.