Catch-22 and other phrases

Catch-novel, book cover22. From the 1961 novel, it is a paradox where the solution is self-defeating. The terms contradict the result. The phrase is so successful in encapsulating the absurdity that the novel strives for that we now use it as an idiomatic phrase in everyday English. The novel was made into a film, a theatre performance and a TV pilot, and there’s a ska band named after it. It has remained in print since 1961, and sold over 10 million copies. There are countless reviews out there already (this one is especially good), so I won’t go into that. Instead, as a celebration of Catch-22, here’s a list of some similar other phrases and their origins: Continue reading