Control-Backspace deletes previous word AND the preceding space - why?

This miniscule change from Office 2010 is surprisingly irritating when trying to type a document.  Any time I wish to rephrase or retype something and I use Ctrl-Space to delete the previous word, it also deletes the space immediately preceding the word I wanted to delete.  This breaks the flow of typing, as I'm required to always hit the spacebar before typing my correction.  In the frequent occurrence that I forget (due to a higher typing/thought/dictation speed), I'm left with multiple conjoined words, which then must be manually split.  This behavior is counter-intuitive, inconsistent (no program - IE, Firefox, the Windows 8.1 searchbox, Notepad - behaves this same way), and forces the same action (adding a space before continuing to type) a very high percentage of the time when this can be, should be, and was automatic.  Someone screwed up the boundary conditions in a loop...

No, it's not a "crucial" bug, but it's maddening when I encounter it and must mitigate it manually on the order of dozens of times per document/editing session.  Even more irritating is that this changed from 2010's "normal" operation to do this.

My questions: Is there a way to revert the behavior without reverting to Office 2010?  Was this behavior introduced intentionally?
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For this scenario (with the insertion point to the left of, e.g., a period), the following setting appears to change the behaviour in both Word 2010 and 2013:

Word options->Advanced->Cut, Copy and Paste->Use smart cut and paste->Settings->Adjust sentence and word spacing automatically.

However, that does not seem to make any difference in the scenario described by "Baruffir" (e.g. where there is a space after the insertion point).

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As I wrote, to the best of my knowledge the behavior hasn't changed recently. I haven't tested with older versions, such as Word 2007 or 2003, though.

Stefan Blom
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