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How it was (and has always been for me):

apejoy$ cd Application\ Support  
/Users/apejoy/Library/Application Support  
apejoy$

How it is now (and I'm completely baffled):

apejoy$ cd Application\ Support  
-bash: cd: Application: No such file or directory  
/Users/apejoy/Library

What the heck? Regardless of my escaped [space] char, bash is stopping at the escape char, looking for an Application directory, which does not exist in /Users/apejoy/Library.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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My guess is that you now have a function named cd that intercepts your invocations of cd to do some extra processing and the function is not properly quoting the argument(s) it sends to the cd built-in. Execute the following at a bash prompt and see what you get.

type cd
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