HONG KONG — The gay love story "Brokeback Mountain" has spawned a new slang term in Hong Kong.
Newspapers in the Cantonese-speaking territory have started using the new term "dun bui," or "brokeback," to describe homosexual relationships -- like the one depicted in the Oscar-winning film by Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee.
Ming Pao Daily News recently reported that male pop stars Leo Ku and Justin Lo held hands at a concert "brokeback style."
The slang's meaning seems to be expanding beyond homosexual themes to include relationships that are awkward or just aren't meant to be.
Apple Daily called a pair of politicians prevented from forming a party "obviously a brokeback couple." It was an apparent reference to the inability of the film's gay characters to shun social convention and become a couple.
Cantonese is famous for soaking up all kinds of slang. The language is spoken in Hong Kong, China's southern province of Guangzhou -- formerly known as Canton -- and in Chinatowns all over the world.
Gay activists are divided on whether the new term is helpful or harmful.