During Peaky Blinders Season 6, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) travels to Miquelon Island, Canada for business. But his stay comes to an end when Lizzie Shelby (Natasha O’Keeffe) calls to tell him their daughter Ruby has fallen ill.
She has been having fever dreams and repeating the Romani phrase ‘tickner maura o beng’. She has also been seeing a man with green eyes.
What Does ‘Tickner’ Mean?
In last week’s episode of Peaky Blinders, fans were confused by a phrase that Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) repeated repeatedly throughout the show. It was ‘Tickner mora o beng’ and fans had no idea what it meant!
In Romany, the word ’Tickner’ means little girl or daughter. Similarly, ’ being’ denotes a supernatural person and can also mean the Devil.
During their business trip to North America, Lizzie called Tommy and told him that their daughter Ruby had a fever dream and was repeating the Romani phrase ‘Tickner mora o being over and over again.
She explained that she was hallucinating and seeing visions of a man. As her husband was a superstitious man, he became nervous as Ruby kept saying the words.
He ordered Lizzie to keep Ruby away from the river and horses and to put a Black Madonna around her neck. He feared for her life. It was a scary scene for the whole family.
‘Beng’ Means Devil
Tikner maura o beng is a gypsy phrase that means “tickler the best” and it refers to a gang of criminals who run the city of Birmingham like their own personal kingdom. The gang consists of five members – the aforementioned ‘Tickner’, a man-of-the-moment named Tommy Shelby, his wife Lizzie, and their children Ruby and James.
The Gypsy language is rich in etymology and the most common words are often combined to create new jargon. While a few of the best ones remain in obscurity, there is one in particular that caught Tommy Shelby’s attention: the word “bing” which is derived from the Scottish gypsy word for Devil. This word is not to be confused with the same-sounding but less enticing “bing” in old cant. It is also a little more confusing, as it does not mean the same thing in all languages, but it can be easily figured out from the context. It can be a great source of entertainment, especially in Peaky Blinders, where it’s used as a prank.
‘Mora’ Means Friend
If you’re a Peaky Blinders fan, you might have noticed that the gypsy phrase ‘Tickner maura o being has caused quite a bit of buzz this season. Fans have been speculating about what it means and if it’s a warning for Ruby (Sierra Smith).
According to Wales Online, the words are in Romani, a language that is difficult to translate. They report that ‘Tickner’ or ‘Tikna’ means little girl or daughter, ‘being’ is a supernatural person, and ‘Mora’ can mean Friend.
When Lizzie tells Tommy that Ruby is repeating the gypsy words, she’s very worried. She says that her daughter was “hallucinating and seeing visions of a man”.
‘O’Beng’ Means ‘Green Eyes’
Peaky Blinders fans were left confused when Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) traveled to North America last week, but the final scene of the episode saw him receive a warning from his wife Lizzie. She told him their daughter Ruby had a fever dream and was saying the Romani words ‘tickna mora o Beng over and over again.
This left Tommy terrified for their little girl, and he instructed Lizzie to keep her out of school and away from the river and horses. He also instructed her to place a Black Madonna around her neck.
When asked about these ominous dreams, creator Steven Knight said it was “difficult to translate from Romani,” but he described them as “devil”. It’s a dark gypsy omen and fans have already figured out what it means.