Creeping Elegance: N. Describes A Tendency For Parts Of A Design To Become {elegant} Past The Point Of Diminishing Retu

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:creeping elegance: n. Describes a tendency for parts of a design
to become {elegant} past the point of diminishing return,
something which often happens at the expense of the less
interesting parts of the design, the schedule, and other things
deemed important in the {Real World}. See also {creeping
featurism}, {second-system effect}, {tense}.
-- The AI Hackers Dictionary