With the following mapleader I have a one second delay when performing a forward word motion (w in normal mode). Is there any way to prevent this?

let mapleader = "\<Space>"
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    I don't see how the two would be connected. Could you try again, with $ vim --clean and $ vim -Nu NONE?
    – romainl
    Jun 19, 2023 at 9:45
  • Thank you @romainl - I thought it was unusual. I found the offending plugin in a system package.
    – Matt
    Jun 19, 2023 at 10:17

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It turned out to be a system-wide package I had installed on Arch Linux called vim-align. The culpable file:


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