To powertalk means having "plausible deniability" while getting across particular points to particular people. Powertalk can be active or passive.
In an active scenario, you might say something like "I know she wears really skimpy clothes, but she's from the south and it's more acceptable there."
In a passive scenario, someone might ask you a question that everyone knows you can answer truthfully. Instead, you respond with a shoulder shrug and "Not sure." It's powertalk because your "not sure" indicates that you're withholding information for some reason. It's powertalk when those around you can ascertain why you're withholding information without anyone saying it.
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