According to Ask.com, on one of a piddly 898,000 posts concerning 10 lords a leaping, "A Lord a leaping is a type of dance that is wild and strenuous and it is performed between meal courses during feasts." Well, what do you know. Serve the soup, the lords all get up a leaping. Serve the truffles, the lords are at it again. Then the boar's head, and the lords just can't get enough prancing around.
The only lord I know today is Lord Grantham on Downton Abbey. Lord Grantham hardly appears as if he could gracefully and daintily leap in between courses. By the way, the food on Downton Abbey is presumably prepared at a movie set somewhere in London and the stately lord-and-lady-like meals are presumably taking place at a mansion somewhere in the boondocks. We leave it to your imagination as to how the meals get transported from point A in London to point B in the boondocks. Besides, Lord Grantham apparently is a lousy manager and poor bookkeeper and the below-stairs staff is whining a bit about less footmen, butlers, hair combers, and such, beings as how we are now in postwar England and the hoity-toity aristocracy is now on the downhill slope on account of economic necessity. Another two decades, Lord Grantham will have to go downstairs and get his own grits.
But Lady Mary, gradually recovering from her black-widowhood of having done in three men in her life, is taking issue with Lord Grantham, her daddy, over selling off a big chunk of the estate to pay the taxes. So we will see if she can outsmart the Lord of the manor before she gets too caught up in her next romance. Meanwhile, the partridge, calling birds, French hens, and turtle doves can hardly wait for the twelfth day of this tune so they can regain their freedom. So far, five hens in 24 days, averaging 4 French eggs laid per day, have laid 96 eggs. The milk maids have long since been sent off somewhere and the ladies dancing have all gone to Las Vegas, having got sick of the birds and the stupid pear tree. Two more days and we will be through with the Twelve Days of Christmas for another year.