Vamos al grano!



  • So I'm watching Judge Maria Lopez, a new daytime courtroom show (no, that's not the Real WTF) and I found Judge Lopez's way of telling a litigant to "get to the point" rather ironic ...

    <font color="#990000">Litigant</font>: ... and then he --
    <font color="#000099">Lopez</font>: Let me stop you there for a minute. Vamos al grano!
    <font color="#990000">Litigant</font>: Uhh ... excuse me?
    <font color="#000099">Lopez</font>: Vaaaa-mosssss allll graaaaaa-noooo.
    <font color="#990000">Litigant</font>: I'm sorry?
    <font color="#000099">Lopez</font>: Do you know Spanish?
    <font color="#990000">Litigant</font>: Err ... no?
    <font color="#000099">Lopez</font>: Vamos al grano! It's Spanish. You don't know what it means?
    <font color="#990000">Litigant</font>: Err ... no?
    <font color="#000099">Lopez</font>: Let me teach you some Spanish, OK?
    <font color="#990000">Litigant</font>: Uhhh .... OK ...
    <font color="#000099">Lopez</font>: Say it with me, Vamos al grano.
    <font color="#000099"><font color="#990000">Litigant</font><font color="#000000">: Vamos al grano .... ?
    </font>Lopez</font>:  Good, good. It means, "Get to the Point"



  • TV programs and movies in general are rife with WTFyness.  See the "goofs" pages on imdb.com.

     Nice example, though.
     



  • I'm missing the WTF here...  do I need to know Spanish to get it?



  • [quote user="un.sined"]I'm missing the WTF here...  do I need to know Spanish to get it?
    [/quote]

     

    I think Alex is pointing out the subtle irony of telling someone to get to the point, but taking an unnecessarily long time to do so.



  • [quote user="un.sined"]I'm missing the WTF here...  do I need to know Spanish to get it?
    [/quote]

    It's just beautifully ironic.  No Spanish knowledge is required for the WTF.

    She is telling him to "get to the point".  And how does she go about this???  By going off on the tangent of giving him instruction in a foreign language!  She really should have taken her own instructions to heart.



  • [quote user="Alex Papadimoulis"]

    So I'm watching Judge Maria Lopez, a new daytime courtroom show (no, that's not the Real WTF)

    [/quote]

    Debatable.  Those "you tell 'em, judge" courtroom shows do for entertainment what Candy Corn does for nutrition.  I can't stomach a show whose draw consists of someone with a little power bullying other people.



  • [quote user="marvin_rabbit"]

    [quote user="un.sined"]I'm missing the WTF here...  do I need to know Spanish to get it?
    [/quote]

    It's just beautifully ironic.  No Spanish knowledge is required for the WTF.

    She is telling him to "get to the point".  And how does she go about this???  By going off on the tangent of giving him instruction in a foreign language!  She really should have taken her own instructions to heart.

    [/quote]

     

    Ahh...  got it...  I guess I got a little too focused on the details...



  • Hypocrites are the source of alot of WTFs - not just "not following one's own instruction"



  • This isn't a wtf. She did it on purpose.



  • [quote user="VGR"]I can't stomach a show whose draw consists of someone
    with a little power bullying other people.

    [/quote]

    Worst part is that AFAIK, a lot of these court shows don't actually have any legal standing...



  • [quote user="tin"]

    [quote user="VGR"]I can't stomach a show whose draw consists of someone
    with a little power bullying other people.

    [/quote]

    Worst part is that AFAIK, a lot of these court shows don't actually have any legal standing...

    [/quote]

     As I understand it, the participants basically consent to binding arbitration beforehand.

    So no, it doesn't count as a court case at all.  But you both go in ahead of time, signing a contract saying that the "loser" will pay the "winner" the amount determined during "arbitration"

    Wikipedia seems to agree, and mentions that in most states, the award limit for such arrangements is $5k.

    But no, they're not "real" judges.
     


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