The Gilded Age
By: Tuulia Koponen
Gild: give a superficial or false brilliance to
Gilded-1) covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint 2) wealthy and privileged
With a connotation referring to cheap commercialization, poor quality, and fakery, 'gilded' is a word that applies to the Gilded Age era in the United States for the Gilded Age was a time of irony in society: as some struck it rich, others suffered in poverty; as some rose to take up advantage of great opportunities, others suffered disasters; as high standards developed, low practices became common; and as advancement flourished, so did decay.