Industry jargon picked up at an RTKL Associates conference in October:

“Dead Cat Space”

Paris Rutherford, RTKL: An ugly, overlooked area that is a threat to security and a wasted opportunity.

“Bum Brush”

Paco Underhill, Envirosell Inc.: Women want to avoid physical contact in malls; big bags often help protect their space.

“Food Court Clique”

Dan Hess, Merchant Forecast: Store managers gather at breaks to discuss their thoughts on retail trends.