Ref T12819. In D18581, I corrected one bug (ngram selection for terms) but introduced a minor new bug. We now pass ' query ' (term corpus with boundary spaces) to the stemmer, but it bails out on this since English words don't start with spaces.
Trim these extra boundary spaces off before invoking the stemmer.
The practical effect of this is that searching for non-stem variations of a word ("detection") now finds stemmed variations again ("detect"). Prior to fixing this bug, the stem could find longer variations but not the other way around.