A Continental Breakfast usually consists of some cheap freeze-dried coffee, some sort of stale pastry and perhaps an old, soft biscuit if you're fortunate enough.
The name comes from the fact that Hoteliers wish you to believe that our "more culturaly refined" and "chic" Continental (note, European) cousins, eat this crap for breakfast themselves, and by eating it you can be JUST as cultured!
Predictably, if you ever happen to stay at a hotel on "The Continent", the chances of them serving you this rubbish are somewhere between silm and none.
1. A small breakfast consisting of coffee and a roll or bran muffin, named so not for continental airlines (as popularly believed), but rather, because coffee coupled with a bran muffin tend to make one have to defecate, close to the point of <i>incontinence</i>.
Example #2: That bitch tried to get me to eat her continental breakfast after we fucked, so I slapped her and told her to get out.