use colorful ways to describe their complexion? For example, I heard someone describing another black person as "caramel-colored," or as "mocha," or "toasted-almond." Is it so hard to simply describe someone as light, medium, or dark brown? Outside of using those descriptions for choosing a make-up shade, I never understood it. People in Metro/DC area do it a lot. These descriptions are not very helpful, so why use them?