Arnold -- Really BAD Timing for Catchphrase

5/11/2011 11:20 AM PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Really BAD Timing for Catchphrase

We just asked Arnold Schwarzenegger if he's going to work things out with Maria Shriver -- and the first words out of his mouth were, "Hasta la vista" ... but it's not as bad as it sounds ... we think.

Arnold was walking out of his fave Brentwood bakery when he was simultaneously asked about his estranged wife ... AND his famous "Terminator 2" line.

What's a guy to do?

Just an educated guess ... but we think he's responding to the 'T2' request, since our sources say Ahnald's all about trying to patch things up with Maria.