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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (May 10, 2009)

Don't Bug Me!

The little word, "bug," has quite a few interesting meanings in English. One of the most common is used to refer to an insect as a bug (Get that bug! It's going to land in the soup!)

And, when our computer or other machine won't work, we often refer to a bug in the program. Other interesting uses include: to bug meaning to plant a listening device (The office was bugged by the CIA.); bug off!, meaning to go away (Bug off! I'm trying to work!); firebug, a person who loves to play with fire (My friend loves to poke the campfire; she's a real firebug!)

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