Spotted at a bus stop on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco:
The “worldwider” coinage is, as we say in my narrow world, the brandable element. It seems to me to be built not from “worldwide” but from “wider”: you wouldn’t say “We’re getting worldwide,” but you might say “We’re getting wider.”
Naturally, I couldn’t help remembering this exchange from “24 Minutes,” the 399th episode of The Simpsons:
Principal Skinner: Just how wide is the Web?
The title of this post is meant to be a pun on “Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder,” the US Air Force Song (lyrics and music here). Nevertheless, when I searched for “wide blue yonder” I got more than 180,000 hits, including the title of a movie, the title of a novel, the title of an Oysterband album, and the name of a web-design company. In fact, it isn’t clear which is the eggcorn: “wide” or “wild.”