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I have heard this phrase in Italian blogs, Instagram accounts etc.., I know a little bit of Italian and couldn't co-relate this to anything. My hunch is that it means stay beautiful (or well). Does the baell come from Neapolitan or some other dialect? In what circumstance is this phrase used?

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It seems to be a new entry in the language of youths. According to http://www.blitzquotidiano.it/foto-notizie/giosada-vince-x-factor-foto-ma-che-vuol-dire-baell-2339679/ this word has been invented by an Italian singer/actor named Giosada as a variant of “bell” (Bari dialect for bello).

The word spread rapidly in the social networks (never heard before, to be honest). So stay baell could mean be nice or variants thereof.

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  • Grazie, I think this answers my question – Bharath Bhandarkar Mar 23 '16 at 12:40
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    +1 but this is horrifying. I know that languages evolves and that we should aim to describe rather than prescribe, but.. ugh... – Denis Nardin Mar 23 '16 at 13:18
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    @DenisNardin, don't worry it will disappear in the fogs of internet as soon the next meme and trendy characters will appear on the scene... who knows if we are just victims of some expedient to stand out in a tv contest – Erik vanDoren Mar 23 '16 at 20:17
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    @DaG, ichthyologists have no control over the subject of their study, and don't use fish to communicate – Walter Tross Mar 25 '16 at 0:22
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    @DaG From the scientists I know they are more likely to exchange pictures of them with captions commenting how cute they are. Nevertheless I'm sorry if this reaction is inappropriate, but I really don't want a language learner to get the impression that this expression is in any way close to standard Italian... – Denis Nardin Mar 25 '16 at 15:26

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