Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Mon May 9 10:38:52 UTC 2011

The word "paranoid" is not in the book Catch-22, at least according to the
search function on

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
victor steinbok
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2011 10:47 PM
Subject: paranoid

I am having a moment of doubt--the line is clearly in the movie version of
Catch-22 (1970):

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

But is it in the book (1961, but written over about 8 years)? Because, if it

Well, just search around--it's credited to everyone from ACLU to Abbie
Hoffman. One credit I did not find: Joseph Heller.

Oh, and BTW, Rahm Emanuel stole a similar line from Kissinger: Even a
paranoid (or "paranoids") can have enemies (or "has real enemies").


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