A Hyperbathum is a completely ridiculous concept to divert attention from daily worries in situations where, in preparation for an in-depth dialogue about a real improvement process, you should first focus on the methodical approach.

Etymologically (where does the term come from) it is derived from the Greek “bathos” (depth) or “bathys”.

Bathos is a writing style in which the author of a text tries to strike a lofty tone, but (deliberately) fails to do so. Bathos often contains a ludicrous anticlimax, a sudden change where the text collapses from the best to the worst. Often the content becomes ridiculous. In art it is used in a ridiculous way to represent pathos or passion while achieving the opposite.

If the shape is deliberately chosen, it is a figure of speech.

Bathos is the style and the bathum is the singular expression. In case of a hyperbathum, it’s even worse.


Manageable nonsense where you use a difficult word to talk about something else.

A blueprint of a Carbohydronizer. From a salvage operation in 2018


First learn how to handle your tools in a playful way before you tinker with something essential. Like a vascular surgeon who first practices suturing grape skins before repairing an aorta.


Epibrating means ‘to pretend you are doing or about to do something very important, while you are not actually doing or will do anything (useful)’. This term was briefly world famous in the Netherlands through a story by Simon Carmiggelt


A hyperbathum, as it were!

It seems like a lot as a business but in fact it is completely ridiculous and yet an important tool in teaching information management and/or systems design skills.