OTTAWA—Phoenixed. When a noun becomes a verb, you know it has become ubiquitous and, more than likely, egregious. So it is with the poorly conceived and badly executed Phoenix pay system. What began as a terrible story of a handful of public servants had ballooned to 520,000 cases by November and could be a $600-million bill. This is hard to figure, when you consider there are only 258,000 or so public servants. And I was one of them.