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
  1. noun
    an abrupt excited utterance
    “she gave an exclamation of delight”
    synonyms: exclaiming
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    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
  2. noun
    an exclamatory rhetorical device
    synonyms: ecphonesis
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    type of:
    rhetorical device
    a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
  3. noun
    a loud complaint or protest or reproach
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    type of:
    (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
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