In these austere times, dull men would be advised to stick at a partridge in a pear tree. All that other stuff adds up to be much to much.
With seasonal best wishes
5 December 2011
How about some cutbacks — cost reductions?
Instead of swans a swimming, how about ducks? Ducks are less expensive than swans.
Ladies dancing? Two ways this cost could be reduced: (a) instead of dancing, they sit down and rest; (b) instead of ladies, hire little girls, who would probably charge less.