Originally Posted by joyner
The phrase is Catch-22 -- I don't say this to rudely correct you, I just figured you'd rather hear the correct phrase before you repeat that one to someone in person who actually matters, unlike denizens of a message board
Even fewer people know that catch-22 was coined in the book Catch-22, which I've read three times. Refers to the fact that Yossarian can't leave the Army for being crazy because if you want to leave you can't be crazy, and if you don't want to leave, then they won't send you home anyways. Probably my favorite novel ever.
BTW, not implying anybody specifically, I just haven't found it to be an overly read novel.