Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech, or the expression of ideas by written characters. The letter, or grammatical im- port, of a document or instrument, as distinguished from its spirit; as “the language of the statute.” See Beliliug v. State, llu Ga. 754, 30 S. E. 85; Stevenson v. State, 00 Ga. 450, 10 S. E. 05; Cavau v. Brooklyn (City Ct. Brook.) 5 N. Y. Supp. 750.