14 phrases you could say to a Tel Avivian today that would make no sense in 1909

Much has changed since Tel Aviv’s establishment 108 years ago...

Written by
Time Out Israel Writers

Although Tel Aviv has retained the liberal character and archetypal architecture from its 1909 establishment, over the century it has become less of a Jaffa suburb, and more of a vibrant and bustling metropolis. If the characters behind the White City’s most popular streets were to return today, they would surely be confused by the dog-crazy, weed-loving residents’ clothing, lifestyle, and vernacular. Here are some phrases you might overhear at any café or bar in the city today that would make no sense to one of the founding Tel Avivians:

In 1909, you would never have heard...

"Let’s go to happy hour on Dizengoff?"

Kikar Dizengoff, 1938, © Israel's Archive

"Jaffa is so on-trend, I buy all of my second-hand clothes there."

Jaffa Port, 1963, © Israel's Archives


"Meet me at Port Said–it’s across the street from the Great Synagogue, and don’t forget to bring a grinder."

Tel Aviv, 1961, © Israel's Archive

"Did you know that the Anita’s in Neve Tzedek is serving doggie ice cream?"

Tel Aviv ice cream shop, 1952, © Israel's Archives


"A bartender in the Kerem gave me a hit from his spliff yesterday."

Tel Aviv gas station, 1939, © Israel's Archive

"Want to go to the animal rights parade in Kikar Rabin?"

Nahalat Binyamin, 1939, © Israel's Archives


"I have such a love-hate relationship with Sarona–I don’t have NIS 50 to spend on a new dessert pop-up, but I did it for the Insta."

Sarona, 1939, © Israel's Archives

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