The concept of Technical Debt or Complexity as Debt was introduced by Ward Cunningham. There are a number of articles on it such as this one by Martin Fowler, this one and this one on Technical Dividens (the benefits of not incurring technical debt). I certainly will admit that I have this pattern and have been attempting to explain its consequences for years. Proving a name for this phenomina will help me communicate the situation both up and down the management chain.
A thank you goes out to Brian Sletten for introducing me to the concept and providing me with the necessary background information.