For example you would say:

Miles and miles of road

Tons and tons of food

How about when referring to the floor inside a house (given that the house is relatively big)?


[...] and [...] of plywood floor

(Maybe squares?)


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You would say:

Acres and acres of plywood floor

Because floorage is an areal measure.


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Because I couldn’t see how the asker’s two exemplars of tons of food and miles of road made any literal (read: “literal-literal” as opposed to hyperbolic) sense in the case of your run-of-the-mill single-family home, I chose the answer that seemed best-matched to those two in scope and tenor.

For rather unlike scenarios, compare these two scenarios:

  1. Do you new give homeowners a per-square-foot pricing break for hardwood flooring installations above a certain square footage?

  2. Wow dude, you’ve got like acres and acres of hardwood floors here hidden under your wall-to-wall carpeting!

    Don’t bother stopping at the grocery store: we’ve got tons of food here.

    Gosh, your driveway is like miles long!

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    In colloquial usage a mixed metaphor is quite common: "Your apartment has tons of floor space!"
    – Jim
    Aug 7, 2014 at 5:30
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    -1 Miles of road & tons of food are not unrealistic; acres of floor(space) is sheer hyperbole.
    – Kris
    Aug 7, 2014 at 5:46
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    @kris, Only for an ordinary house. A large mansion will have an acre or two of floor space, and factories routinely have tens of acres of floor.
    – Mark
    Aug 7, 2014 at 7:42
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    @Kris You appear to have confused the not-unheard-of acres of flooring with square miles of it. Not to put too fine a point on it, but you are wrong to the point of appearing foolish, and your downvote was uninformed and unwarranted. The buildings of China’s Forbidden City have 37 acres of flooring and those of Versailles have 16½ acres of it; even my local Whole Foods Market has 1.8 acres of flooring! Remember that while a square mile is 640 acres, an acre is only 4,840 square yards, so 43,560 square feet. “Acreage of flooring” is quite like “miles of road” or “tons of food”.
    – tchrist
    Aug 7, 2014 at 13:42
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    @Steve: Maybe. One thing is sure, though: his standard for what constitutes a poor answer seems somewhat lower than almost anyone else's on this site.
    – Robusto
    Aug 7, 2014 at 14:04

In the US, people will often refer to large amounts of "square footage"; as in "this apartment is huge! You have a lot of open square footage".


Here are two terms for the area of a floor, in particular:

  • floor area, as in a large floor area

  • floor space, as in lots of floor space

If you really want to say plywood floor, then do so, but there is no special term for expressing the amount of floor space (area) - no more than for your tons and tons of food. You can say acres and acres of plywood floor, but there is nothing special about acre in this regard.

There are lots of different units of area, including "square" followed by any unit of length - square lightyears, for example.

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    I do not believe that this answers the question. What was asked for was a unit, particularly something that can be used in a hyperbolic or exaggerated manner.
    – LiveMynd
    Aug 7, 2014 at 5:32
  • I answered that as well. There is no particular unit for area - there are lots of units for area, from hectares to square nanometers and beyond.
    – Drew
    Aug 7, 2014 at 5:35

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