Dependapotamus also known as “Dependa” is a disparaging term referring to women who are married to a military service member and live off of their wealth and success.
Usually they are imagined as a very lazy, annoying, fat person.
Origin of the term
It all started with the post of a user called Daemion, submitting a definition on Urban Dictionary on the 14th of September 2008.
In the entry, Daemion defined a “Dependapotamus” as a “stay at home mom” who resembles to “Jabba the hut”.
Spread of the term
The meme took over multiple sites and social networks, such as Facebook, Reddit, Youtube and even Tumblr.
In the year 2013, multiple Facebook groups and pages were launched.
One of the very firsts was the page AntiDependa which had an illustration of a so called “Dependapotumus Version 4.3″ as its profile picture.
And on April 27th another page was created, just after a redditor posted a screenshot on 4chan of a “Dependapotamus” trying to get into a public pool for free. That post blew up and received 1,700 upvotes and several comments.
In 2014, on the 14th of January, the user ricerbarbiee submitted an entry about “Dependapotamus” which is now the top definition on Urban Dictionary.
On Youtube, a channel called ‘The Honest Dependa’ was launched in March 2017 dedicated to Dependas, where there are various short, military-themed comedy sketches.
The channel now has nearly 3000 subscribers, and over 200,000 views.
- Urban Dictionary – Dependapotamus