= C =
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 Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.