Should the following aliases be enclosed in quotations? I believe it may be down to personal preference and I prefer this format, but keen to opinions.

His name is Dave, "The Dude", and he's a sucker for punishment.

Meet Chev, "The Squirrel Hunter", the most loyal guard dog around.


His name is Dave, The Dude, and he's a sucker for punishment.

Meet Chev, The Squirrel Hunter, the most loyal guard dog around.

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    Don't capitalize 'The' in 'the Dude' or 'the Squirrel Hunter'. I'd use the 2nd version (without quotes) unless it is specifically referring to a quote: Sharon calls him "the Dude", but we just call him Dad.
    – wetcircuit
    May 16, 2020 at 18:44
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    You should capitalize "The" here as it is the first word in the title. Elvis "The King", Ali "The Greatest", Jeff "The Dude" Leboswki. We should lowercase articles, conjunctions, and prepositions - unless it's the first word: Frank "The Chairman of the Board" Sinatra. Thanks for the reply.
    – Samuel G
    May 16, 2020 at 23:46
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    If using quotation marks, the comma needs to appear before the final quotation mark. May 17, 2020 at 3:15
  • @JasonBassford could you share some refs, this is not the same as quoting dialog. thanks
    – Samuel G
    May 17, 2020 at 6:39
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    @SamuelG It makes no difference. It has nothing to do with dialogue. The use of a period or a comma next to a final quotation mark follows the same punctuation rules, dialogue or not. Look at any style guide. May 17, 2020 at 13:41

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The former (the one with quotations) is probably the better one. Not only does it look better, but you are saying a nickname for each character. The only way I have seen it is with quotation marks. But you can do whatever. Just keep in mind that the quotation marks will probably work better.

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