First of all, welcome home to PCLinuxOS, Sonic! Jump on in here, and have some fun.
Now to your problem ... I also have Phoenix 2009.4 installed on one of my laptops. The very same problem has occurred with my installation of Phoenix. While it doesn't put it back to the way it was, one thing you can do is to right click on the button, choose "Properties," and delete the line that says "Phoenix" in the dialog box that pops up. This way, you'll get the little rat icon back, without the words. For me, I'd rather look at the icon than the partial display of the word Phoenix.