What is the one-word solution to the following riddle?

Backward in your leg, forward in red ink.
Stung, piece and digit. What is the link?


The answer is


Backward in your leg

The word appears in reverse in TIBIA, which is a bone in your leg.

Forward in red ink

In accounting, red ink indicates a DEBIT.


If you are stung by an insect, you might also say you are BITTEN.


A small piece of something is a BIT.


In binary, a digit (1 or 0) is called a BIT.

TITLE: A Boring Riddle

For boring, or drilling, you use a BIT on the end of the drill.

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    $\begingroup$ So quickly solved! I'll try not to be bitter. $\endgroup$ Feb 22 '16 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ I think you mean BITter... ;) $\endgroup$
    – GentlePurpleRain
    Feb 22 '16 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ @HughMeyers I liked the riddle. It's a good example of a riddle that is not "too broad." Once I had the correct answer, there was no doubt that's what it was. $\endgroup$
    – GentlePurpleRain
    Feb 22 '16 at 20:26
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain You went through the effort of concealing spoilers in your answer only to have a major spoiler in your comment above ;) $\endgroup$
    – Amru E.
    Feb 22 '16 at 22:37
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    $\begingroup$ @AmruE. I put spoilers in the answer in case someone happens upon the answer before they've had a chance to try to solve the riddle themselves. I don't assume that someone who doesn't want to know the answer is going to be perusing the comments on a spoilered answer. $\endgroup$
    – GentlePurpleRain
    Feb 22 '16 at 22:41

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