From 'Vocabulary' part of The ABC Of Plain Words by Sir E Gowers (1951)

This word is becoming dangerously popular, perhaps because it has a question-begging flavour. What is realistic is what the writer thinks sensible. A leading article in a certain journal recently said of a certain minister:

He made great play, as he has done before, with the word "realistic" which he is in danger of associating with anything he thinks.

Realistic is ousting words like sensible, practical, feasible, workmanlike.

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