If you need a word to call other "words" like "Yay!" or "Rats!", then exclamation is your word. An exclamation is usually followed by an exclamation point. Go Figure.

The shocked cry you made when your friends jumped out and yelled, "Surprise!" at your birthday party? You could call both your yelp and their "Surprise! exclamations. The Latin word exclamare, or "cry out loud," is at the root of the noun exclamation. An exclamation doesn't need to be a literal "cry," though — it can be a surprised "Wow!" or an angry "No!" Anything you say with abrupt excitement, pain, fear, or anger is an exclamation.

Definitions of exclamation

n an abrupt excited utterance

“she gave an exclamation of delight”
deuce, devil, dickens
a word used in exclamations of confusion
ejaculation, interjection
an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion
an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

n an exclamatory rhetorical device

Type of:
rhetorical device
a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

n a loud complaint or protest or reproach

Type of:
(formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow

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