"In the U.S. you have a class system that operates every bit as ruthlessly as the British class system, but under the veneer of classless meritocracy. There isn't even a self-awareness."
By TIM ARANGO
After years of celebrating the excesses of youth, MTV is adding shows with a veneer of positive social messages.
Plating, or mekki in Japanese, is the word used to describe the method of depositing a thin layer of precious metal on the surface of an object made of base metal. It is a time-honored technique used to coat with gold the large statue of Buddha at Todaiji temple in Nara that was completed in 752.
Over time, however, the word came to be associated with shoddiness. It is used today, for instance, to denote a veneer of respectability or pleasantness that hides something that is actually not desirable at all.
RAMY GAFNI, a makeup artist in Manhattan, used to have snow white, straight veneers.
He hated them. “They were too perfect,” Mr. Gafni said. “My nickname in college was Lite-Brite.” As a child, Lite-Brite’s natural teeth had grown in with gray striations, a result of antibiotics he had taken. So when he turned 21, he covered the offending teeth with veneers — wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded atop filed-down teeth.
The Peeling Project showroom was first of nine commercial buildings designed for the BEST Products Company of Richmond, Virginia - a retail merchandiser of hard goods in the USA. Portions of the brick veneer of the facade are peeled away precariously into space, revealing the beyond.
Peeling Project (1971)
1 [C or U] a thin layer of decorative wood or plastic used to cover a cheaper material:
The wardrobe is made of chipboard with a pine veneer.
2 [S] something which hides something unpleasant or unwanted:
She managed to hide her corrupt dealings under a veneer of respectability.
a veneered bookcase/surface/table
━━ n. めっき（術）; 被金(きせがね); （軍艦などの）装甲.
━━ n. 化粧張り; （ベニヤ）単板, 薄板; うわべの飾り, 虚飾, 付け焼刃 ((of)).
━━ vt. 化粧張りする; 虚飾を施す; 覆い隠す ((with)).
striated muscle 【組織】横紋筋.
stri・a・tion ━━ n.
n. (名詞 noun)