"camera-mounted drone"?

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 25 16:04:26 UTC 2013


Two thoughts:

Mount has many meanings. A horse can mount a saddle, and you can mount a
saddle on a horse. A saddle-mounted horse makes sense, but so does a
horse-mounted saddle.

What is the alternative? I don't know a better way to say what was being
said ("camera-mounted drone").

DanG


On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Google Books has instances of "scope-mounted rifle" and
> "telescope-mounted rifle". The scope is smaller and is mounted on the
> rifle. Perhaps this type of usage facilitated the emergence of
> "camera-mounted drone".
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> The term "scope-mounted rifle" apparently was used in Field and Stream
> magazine by the 1940s and "telescope-mounted rifle" apparently was
> used in The Game Breeder and Sportsman by the 1930s (unverified
> matches in snippet view).
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> Here is a raw GB match for "camera-mounted rifle" circa 1975:
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> Title: "They've killed the President!": The search for the ... - Page 49
> books.google.com/books?id=CndAAAAAIAAJ
> Author: Robert Sam Anson - 1975 - Snippet view
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> After consulting with doctors and staging an elaborate re-creation of
> the assassination in Dallas, complete with camera-mounted rifle and
> FBI agents as stand-ins for the President and governor, Specter
> concluded that one rather than two ...
> [End extracted text]
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> Here is an instance of "camera mounted helicopter":
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> Maryville photographer uses unmanned aerial vehicle technology ...
> www.knoxnews.com/.../maryville-photographer-uses-drone-technology/
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> Aug 23, 2012 - A sophisticated radio control remote operates every
> aspect of photographer Neil Crosby's camera mounted helicopter. (Saul
> Young/News ...
> [End extracted text]
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> Youtube has some nice footage from a "camera-mounted rocket":
>
> Title: Camera-Mounted Rocket Launch in Las Vegas Desert
> Uploader: Liz Eisenberger Liz EisenbergerĀ·6 videos
> Published on Mar 29, 2013
> [Begin excerpt]
> Went to visit my brother and his family and we tested this rocket with
> 2 parachutes attached to see if it would make a better video. Good
> scenic views at the top.
> [End excerpt]
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> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLSE3QFlnJI
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> Garson
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> On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > Subject:      "camera-mounted drone"?
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> > A man trying to find the remains of perhaps 500 Marines killed on
> > Tarawa in WWII whose bodies are still unrecovered  had "launched a
> > camera-mounted drone" to produce an aerial photograph.  NYTimes
> > Magazine, today, 32/2.
> >
> > Shouldn't that be "drone-mounted camera", the drone being what the
> > camera was mounted on?  If one reads "an elephant-mounted mahout",
> > surely it's the mahout mounted on the elephant.  I would not expect
> > to read about "a mahout-mounted elephant."  I suppose in this case
> > the size disparity forces a single visual image.  But if the sizes
> > are more nearly equal?  Such as at the circus -- a "lion-mounted
> > tiger" vs. a "tiger-mounted lion"?  An "A-mounted B" is a B mounted on
> an A?
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> > Joel
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