This section is from the book "Elementary Banking", by John Franklin Ebersole. Also available from Amazon: Elementary Banking.
A contract is an agreement. Judges try to discover the real meaning of the parties to contracts. Every word or phrase used in a contract is important, since it is difficult to prove by other evidence that the words used should not be strictly construed. Judges will give to all words their ordinary meaning unless it appears that they were used in some technical sense. Business customs are often considered in trying to prove what the parties to a contract really meant. When printed clauses or words do not agree with written ones the written ones will always be considered as expressing the real meaning of the parties.
For value received I hereby assign to X the within contract.
St. Paul, Minn., June 29, 1922. A.