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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:02:02 PM
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London boroughs such as Hackney and Newham have welcomed large numbers of foreigners for centuries. People in those places have got used to newcomers, suggests Tony Travers of the London School of Economics.


Could someone please paraphrase the bold part?
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:09:50 PM

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People in those places have become accustomed to newcomers.

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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:10:51 AM

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Another interesting paraphrase is to connect "be used to" and "usual".

London boroughs such as Hackney and Newham have welcomed large numbers of foreigners for centuries. Newcomers are such a usual thing in those places that people are not affected, suggests Tony Travers of the London School of Economics.

"Used to" and "usual" both come originally from the same 'roots'.
The verb "use" had two meanings in Middle and early Modern English.
"My master used me to chivalry and arms" meant that the master had him drill and practice riding and weaponry. Using the past participle as an adjective gives "I was used to riding and weaponry."

usual [Middle English, from Old French usuel, from Late Latin ūsuālis, from Latin ūsus (use, habit, routine) from ūtī, to use.]

be used to [Middle English to use 'to habituate', 'to accustom', 'to make routine' via Old French possibly from Latin ūtus esse, perfect infinitive of ūtī, to use.]

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