Well who knows anyway - certainly not the folks at the PO. Not to boast, but sometimes I feel like I know more myself about philately than some of the ladies at the PO (of course, not all, just some)
Being a philatelist/having an interest in stamps isn't a prerequisite to getting a job in a PO after all.
I had a part-time job in uni working at a licensed postal outlet. I would always ask people picking up parcels if i could tear the stamps off
as I was a collector, and everyone was happy to oblige. Got some great high-value frankings that way, even a few people would save the stamps they got on their letter mail and bring them in to me. It drove my boss crazy and he always shook his head at me. That and the fact that I always wanted to frank parcels with stamps instead of a printed meter...he thought it was too time-consuming to paste stamps on. He tried thwarting me by not ordering in anything dollar-value stamps, so I would just use blocks or panes of whatever was in the drawer (imagine a box plastered with a full sheet of international letter-rate stamps--well it gave me something to do during the slow moments).
To postal workers, probably
album = the book with sticky pages to hold photos
tongs = the things you scoop salad from the bowl with
hinges = the things on doors
mint = where coins are produced
stamps = those annoying things that stamp collectors always insist on using instead of a quick computer label