Dear Mr. Wilton
Thank you for publishing your explanation of “keener” as being derived from the Irish, meaning “one who laments”. Your article acted upon me like a flash of celestial light, and I think I can provide an even more ancient origin for the term. In Hebrew, the word for “a lament” is kinah (kof-yod-noon-heh, pronounced kee-nah) from the verb lekonen, “to lament, to mourn”. This expression exists in Irish due, of course, to the fact that the Irish (together with the other ancient British peoples, Celts, Picts, Scots, Angles, Saxons, etc.) are part of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.
There are, of course, scoffers and unbelievers who refuse to accept the truth, however overwhelming the evidence. One such scoffer said to me recently “You British Israelites are all bananas”, to which I was able to reply triumphantly yea! even from the mouth of the unbeliever shall the truth be proclaimed! For the word “bananas” is itself, in fact, also of Hebrew origin, from the expression benei-haness, meaning “Children of the miracle”.
Thank you once more, Mr. Wilton! You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Homer Emmett (omer emet*), British Israelite and True Believer.
* “Sayer of Truth”