@mordecaiB Just for the record, I have never smoked cannabis or ever used any other drugs in my life. I am only saying that in response to what you said (serious, half-serious or not ). I have been drinking alcohol basically all my life. But that is another story. And I haven’t been drinking now or when this happened. So that doesn’t apply either .
So, back to my question: why does this happen? And okay, then why does this only seem to happen to me? FWIW it isn’t the only problem. When I try to do it manually, half of the old smiley text still remains. Why?
EDIT: And I am fifty-three now. So the alcohol would not be a legal issue either (as per the SDMB’s policies ).
When my kids were in grade school, being taught that drugs are bad, I explained this to them. A drug is a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. I told them that antibiotics, antiinflamatories, insulin, etc are all drugs. I told them that drugs can be misused and that was bad.
They were 5 and 7 at the time and were able to understand the difference.
Emoticons are dweeby, smilies are for kids. I don’t use them. If I can’t relay the intent of my sentence in plain words, I need to rewrite it until it’s clear. Perhaps your experience is trying to tell you something.