Rhy, I was unaware of any negative connotations to the word, 'elegance.' In my part of the world, I can think of no slang use of 'elegant' or 'elegance' which is different from its dictionary meaning.
Besides being 'refined' or 'sophisticated' (in it's truest sense, not just marketing), there is the old definition of 'hacking,' which always meant developing the elegant solution or workaround to a problem, before the media decided to hijack the term and make it 'evil.'
Mint should be just Mint because Apple is just Apple? Aren't we comparing Apples to oranges,or herbs? (Apple is the hardware, not the software, and Mint is the software, but not the hardware.) Does anyone know what machine Linus used to use, and which distro he still uses because it was all he could get to run on that other machine for a few years, even though he's a PC now? So much for Apple showing up on that screen! (I'll give you a hint: his Apple wore a Hat!)
Anyway, if you guys decide to change the name, or the slogan, more power to you. I like the way Mint works, and that's the most important part.
Mint: Slogans? We don't need no stinkin' slogans!