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What is the origin of the phrase "Catch 22"???

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Asked by cyrus irani, 03 Jul '11 08:30 am
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Catch-22 is a satirical, historical novel by the American author Joseph Heller, first published in 1961Catch-22 is a general critique of bureaucratic operation and reasoning. Resulting from its specific use in the book, the phrase "Catch-22" is common idiomatic usage meaning "a no-win situation" or "a double bind" of any type.Catch-22" is a military rule, the self-contradictory circular logic that, for example, prevents anyone from avoiding combat missions.
Answered by ashu sinha, 03 Jul '11 09:08 am

 
  
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A Catch-22, coined by Joseph Heller in his novel Catch-22, is a logical paradox arising from a situation in which an individual needs something that can only be acquired by not being in that very situation; therefore, the acquisition of this thing becomes logically impossible. Catch-22s are often spoken with regard to rules, regulations, procedures, or situations in which one has knowledge of being or becoming a victim but has no control over it occurring.
Answered by anantharaman, 03 Jul '11 08:36 am

 
  
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