"camera-mounted drone"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Nov 25 17:11:47 UTC 2013


At 11/25/2013 11:04 AM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:
>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.

Only because a horse mounted on a saddle is
vanishingly likely.  Thus the order of the nouns is irrelevant.


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

"drone-mounted camera".

The fact that there are military- and weapons-
associated counterexamples only illustrates that
they are good enough for government and NRA work.

Joel


>DanG
>
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>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".
> >
> > 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).
> >
> >
> > Here is a raw GB match for "camera-mounted rifle" circa 1975:
> >
> > 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
> > [Begin extracted text]
> > 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]
> >
> > Here is an instance of "camera mounted helicopter":
> >
> > Maryville photographer uses unmanned aerial vehicle technology ...
> > www.knoxnews.com/.../maryville-photographer-uses-drone-technology/
> > [Begin extracted text]
> > 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]
> >
> > 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]
> >
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLSE3QFlnJI
> >
> > Garson
> >
> > On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > > Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> > > Poster:       "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
> > > 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?
> > >
> > > Joel
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