HR Strange But True!
January 24, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

Enron, the verb

It was inevitable: Enron has gone from a national scandal to a transitive verb.

The originator, according to Reuters, may be Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Asked by reporters on Wednesday about the federal budget and the government's dwindling surplus, the South Dakota Democrat responded thusly:

"I don't want to Enron the American people. I don't want to see them holding the bag at the end of the day just like Enron employees have held the bag."

Enron, of course, is the huge Houston-based energy trading company that recently declared the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Numerous House and Senate panels are probing its collapse, in which investors lost millions and Enron workers lost their jobs and in many cases their pensions.

Source: Reuters, via Lycos

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