Watch your language

I am usually very careful about the expressions I use around people who don’t have English as a first language, but I slipped up earlier this week.  A woman was asking me about our new apartment building and I told her it was nice, but it’s so new that they haven’t worked out all the bugs.

“Bugs??!!  Oh no, it’s a terrible problem with insects.  I can’t believe a new building like that has bugs!”

I tried to explain that I meant to say problems, but she seems set on the idea that our apartment is crawling with insects.  I guess she won’t be interested in coming over for tea.

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