catch-22


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catch-22

A popular term for a type of paradoxical impossibility, a conundrum in which one can’t comply with a mandate because of illogical rules or conditions; difficult circumstances, from which there is no exit due to mutually conflicting and/or interdependent conditions.
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With regard to the expectation that there would be differences in the discourse functions of negation in Catch-22 and Brown, the results have shown that Tottie's classification was not sufficient to account for significant differences between the two samples.
SATIRE: Geoff Arnold and Christopher Price in Catch-22 Photo: Topher McGrillis
I laughed at him, at the American spiv trying to sell chocolatecovered cotton to the troops (he's got to shift it somehow), at the hapless chaplain and the young prositute (multi-tasking Victoria Bewick) whose morals also have a Catch-22 built into them.
Other winners included Catch-22 in the agriculture category, and Harding's LifeB (undergrad) and EverClean Coating Solutions in the innovation category.
Indeed the idea that Catch-22 reached heights of pathos, comedy, tragedy and insight that were unsurpassed by any writer of Heller's generation would later become an article of faith for critics and academics alike.
They concluded: 'The committee has been deeply concerned to learn of the Catch-22 position in which some local authorities now find themselves.
However, not all late editions of Heller's books are given as detailed descriptions as all editions of Catch-22, due to this book's "extraordinary influence and complex publication history.
This creates an accounting Catch-22, because current practice is substantially different from the staff's interpretation and general acceptance also can constitute GAAP.
The participants also discussed a Catch-22 of environmental release.
This creates a catch-22 for many small and mid-size businesses.
PHILIP ARDITTI, who appeared in House of Saddam on TV, has landed the main role in Northern Stage's spring production of Catch-22.
The Catch-22 character of this incident left me shaken.