BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A Branson man has put a face to the anonymous references people often make to "they" by changing his name to just that: "They."
The former Andrew Wilson, a 43-year-old self-employed inventor, was granted legal permission last week by a circuit judge to change his name.
It's just They, no surname.
He also has changed his driver's license to reflect his new name
They said he did it for humor to address the common reference to "they."
"'They do this,' or 'They're to blame for that.' Who is this 'they' everyone talks about? 'They' accomplish such great things. Somebody had to take responsibility," he said.
Now, his friends are getting used to his new name.
"They call up and say, 'Is They there?'"
He acknowledged the name could drive grammarians crazy.
"Not only is he making a statement about his name, but he's messing with the entire English language," friend Craig Erickson said.
They holds 14 patents including Ground-Effect lighting, used to create a neon glow beneath vehicles and patented in 1987.
His newest product is "Shades Eyewear," which have a built-in visor over each sunglass lens. The visors protect the eyes from glare without having to wear a hat, he said.