The rule is very simple the party with a suffix "or" is the one which acts or which gives the action, whereas the party with a suffix "ee" is the one which receives the action. Here are some of the examples:
- In a mortgage transaction, the mortgagor is the person who mortgages the property and is usually the owner of the property, whereas the mortgagee is the party which takes the property as a mortgage or security, and usually is the bank.
- In a shipment, the consignor is the party who consigns the merchandise and is usually the seller, whereas the consignee is the party which receives the merchandise and is usually the buyer.
- In a a payment transaction, a payor is the party which pays the money, whereas the payee is the party which receives the money.
- In an assignment, the assignor is the party which assigns the title or benefits of a property or other goods and is usually the seller, whereas the assignee is the party which receives the benefits of the property or the goods and usually is the buyer.
- On an envelope, the addresser is the sender of the letter and the addressee is the receiver.
Below are more examples:
- appointer vs. appointee
- bailer vs. bailee
- donor vs. donee
- lessor vs. lessee (lease)
- nomin(or) vs. nominee
- transferor vs. transferee
- trainer vs. trainee
- trust v trustee